“One of the Washington, D.C. area’s biggest general contractors agreed to take $1 million less than it had requested for a big district high school renovation project because the district said the company had misrepresented its work with a minority-owned business enterprise on the project and two others.
The contractor, Rockville, Md.-based Forrester Construction Co., made itself the majority and controlling partner of the joint ventures, entitling it to most of the profits, without informing the district and in violation of its contracting rules, the district alleged in the settlement.
Irv Nathan, the district’s attorney general, said in a statement on May 9 that Forrester had engaged in a pattern of using EEC of D.C., a certified, minority-owned company, to gain preference points that helped the joint venture win three recent major projects. The projects include the $49-million Anacostia High School renovation, for which Forrester had requested a major payment.”
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