Two men who operated DAV Construction in North Little Rock for several years were due in court this week on allegations they falsely claimed the company was owned by a service-disabled veteran to collect more than $15.5 million in federal contracts.
The indictment alleges that the construction company “was a pass-through and/or front company.”
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported in August 2015 that agents from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General raided the heating-and-air business at 5440 Northshore Drive and carted away a van-load of boxes.
At the time, Ross Alan Hope, president of Powers of Arkansas — which he said subcontracted with the construction company and shared office space with it — called the raid a “total surprise.”
Also on that day, Aug. 19, federal agents executed a search warrant at Kullander Construction at 7820 Cantrell Road in Little Rock — a nondescript building close to a veterinary clinic and a tire store near the Foxcroft neighborhood.
This month, a federal grand jury indicted Hope, 56, and Mikel Kullander, also 56, the vice president of both the Little Rock company and DAV Construction, on a charge of of conspiracy to defraud and commit major fraud against the United States.
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