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Contractor to Pay $188,879.59 to Settle Claims That Owner Falsified DBE Personal Net Worth Statement

On October 29, 2021, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Texas announced a $188,879.59 settlement with Muniz Concrete and Contracting, Inc. to resolve False Claims Act allegations arising out of false information being provided in accordance with the company’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (“DBE”) certification.  The DBE program is designed to encourage and increase the participation of women- and minority-owned businesses in federally funded projects.   

The U.S. Attorney alleged company owner, Jose Muniz, was no longer “economically disadvantaged” beginning in 2017 when his personal net worth exceeded the threshold to qualify as a DBE.  Muniz is alleged to have made several false certifications concerning his personal net worth after 2017 to continue receiving DBE contracts. 

You can read more details in the Department of Justice press release here.

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Danielle L. Dietrich SMGG Attorney Pittsburgh, PA
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Danielle L. Dietrich, Shareholder in the Pittsburgh Office of SMGG, focuses her practice in the areas of women and diverse-owned businesses, healthcare, elder law and litigation.  She has a broad range of experience in providing legal counsel and advice to her clients (both large and small), as well as having handled a wide range of disputes and litigation in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

A large portion of Ms. Dietrich’s practice focuses on the representation of women and diverse-owned businesses.  That practice includes assisting these...

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