Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Feb. 24 that S&R
Construction Enterprise, its president Stephen Early, and subcontractor A&S
Electrical LLC and its manager Gregory Lane will pay $420,000 after allegations
of submitting false and inflated payment requests for construction on a
Massachusetts public project.
“Building new public
transportation infrastructure is how we will move Massachusetts forward, and
taxpayers deserve confidence in how we spend every dollar,” Healey said.
“Overbilling and front-loading creates unacceptable risks of delays and
degrades the integrity of our public contracting. Taking on this fraud is a top
defendants were involved in the construction of the Assembly Square Station on
the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) Orange Line in
Somerville. According to Healey’s office, the defendants violated the
Massachusetts False Claims Act by inflating the quantities of and prices for
materials they purchased for the project. S&R Construction and A&S
Electrical have been banned from bidding on public contracts in the state for
five years and one year, respectively.
“We are very pleased
with this result, and thank the attorney general's office for its excellent work in pursuing
these claims,” said MassDOT/MBTA general counsel John Englander.