KGMI News Reporting
By Tracy Ellis
FERDALE, Wash. – A Ferndale construction company has to pay a $200,000 settlement for violating rules connected to minority-owned businesses.
The federal government says IMCO General Construction submitted false claims related to a program that helps businesses owned by African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and women.
The settlement says IMCO denies any wrongdoing.
The violation reportedly happened while the company was working on a Horton Road project.
In an email statement to KGMI this morning, IMCO says, “The threats to our company that the U.S. Department of Justice was making were to [sic] high for IMCO to do anything but settle event though we had no knowledge that our subcontractor on the project was breaking DBE laws.”