Phony owner of DBE gets 3 years of probation and is ordered to pay $336,219 in restitution.
Two Pennsylvania men who funneled business to their family’s steel construction firm by using a shell company to qualify as a disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) must repay the government $1 million.
U.S. District Judge Lawrence Stengel last week sentenced brothers Dennis Weber, 66, and Dale Weber, 52, to five years of probation and ordered them to pay restitution to the government for the scheme, which netted Carl M. Weber Steel Service hundreds of government construction contacts between 1995 and 2011.
Stengel also sentenced Judy Noll, of Mertztown, the owner of Karen Construction, to three years of probation and ordered her to pay $336,219 in restitution, according to a court filing Wednesday.
Each pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Their attorneys could not be reached.
Prosecutors said Karen Construction was a sham that the three used to obtain bridge and highway construction contracts through a U.S. Department of Transportation program for disadvantaged businesses.
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