Contractor Settles With Vermont Over Alleged Altered Bridge Parts


The U.S Attorney's Office for the District of Vermont announced on Thursday a settlement has been reached with general contractor J.A. McDonald (JAM), headquartered in Lyndon Center and its Owner and President Eric Boyden.

$270,000 was paid to the U.S. to resolve allegations that JAM knowingly caused the State of Vermont to present false claims for payment to the U.S. in connection with the federally-funded construction of a two-span bridge on Vermont Route 116 in Bristol, according to a release from the U.S Attorney's Office for the District of Vermont.

Officials say the settlement specifically resolves allegations that JAM employees intentionally altered bridge components, making the bridge not in line with safety standards, and that JAM employees took steps to hide those alterations from the Vermont Agency of Transportation.

JAM has since replaced the allegedly-deficient parts at its own cost, and under VTrans supervision.

Officials say two employees, who allegedly directed the scheme, were fired.

"The message is that we will work with our federal partners to uphold the integrity of the federal-aid highway construction program," said VT Secretary of Transportation Joe Flynn.

"Those who attempt to hide defective work will be held accountable. I am pleased that McDonald's senior management cooperated with the investigation," Flynn continued.

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