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Defendants Convicted of DBE Fraud Sentenced
DECEMBER 18, 2012

Boston - Three co-defendants were sentenced this week in federal court for violating business regulations on federally-funded projects at the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport).

Robert L. Dickerson, 60, Dennis DeGrazia, 49, and David Hebert, 51, were sentenced this week by U.S. District Judge William G. Young after pleading guilty earlier this year to conspiracy to defraud the United States.

Dickerson received 30 days in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, 200 hours of community service and a $10,000 fine. DeGrazia was sentenced to 30 days in prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release, 200 hours of community service and a $20,000 fine. Hebert was sentenced to two years probation, 200 hours of community service and a $2,000 fine.

During a 10-year-period, Dickerson’s business, Woodchuck’s Building and Home Center, which was certified as a Disadvantaged Business Entity (DBE), purported to be a supplier of windows and doors on Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funded projects at Massport. Federally-funded construction contracts require a certain percentage of legitimate minority participation. DeGrazia and Hebert used Dickerson’s company to meet their DBE goal on several FAA-funded residential soundproofing contracts. However, rather than actually providing materials or performing any work, Dickerson merely acted as a pass-through and falsely submitted paperwork to Massport. Dickerson was paid a fee for acting as a pass-through for each contract during the conspiracy.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Theodore L. Doherty, III, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Eugenia M. Carris and Amanda P.M. Strachan.



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