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U.S. Attorney: Miron overcharged school districts

A local construction company is accused of overcharging school districts for building projects.

The FBI investigated Miron Construction, and the U.S. Attorneys office revealed allegations yesterday that the company was intentionally inflating the wages of employees.

Miron paid the federal government $4 million in April, as part of a non-prosecution agreement.

Miron issued a statement, saying it was surprised at, and disappointed by, what was included in an announcement that highlighted the selection of a monitor to oversee the company.

The company says the alleged conduct that led to the investigation stopped many years ago, and Miron started implementing a series of "best practices" for transparency, in 2008.

Of Miron's $4 million payment, the De Pere district will get more than $1.4 million. The company built Altmayer elementary school, and an addition to the high school in 2007, for $21 million. Four other districts will also get a share of the money.

The U.S. Attorneys office says it reviewed a random sample of 150 projects, and accused Miron of systemically and intentionally adding overhead costs, and a hidden profit "multiplier" totaling up to an additional 45 percent.

posted : June, 30th by WHBY


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