FORMER EXECUTIVE OF XCEL CONSTRUCTION SERVICES, INC.
ENTERS GUILTY PLEA AS PART
OF FERGUSON BID RIGGING PROSECUTION
The former Operations Manager of XCEL Construction Services, Inc. entered a plea of guilty as part of the ongoing federal investigation into fraud, money laundering and obstruction of justice involving public works contracts, United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today.
U.S. Attorney McQuade was joined in the announcement by Andrew G. Arena, Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit, Michigan office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Breck Nowlin, Special Agent in Charge, Office of Inspector General, Housing and Urban Development (HUD-OIG) and Randall K. Ashe, Special Agent in Charge, Environmental Protection Agency, Criminal Enforcement (EPA-CE).
Tabitha Goodner, age 43, of Harper Woods, Michigan entered the guilty plea in United States District Court before Judge David M. Lawson.
According to court documents, the activity took place in January of 2008 and involved falsifying documents submitted to the Michigan State Transportation Commission by Bobby W. Ferguson’s company Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. The false documents were submitted as part of an effort to allow Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. to bid on, perform and receive payment for public works projects awarded by the Michigan Department of Transportation.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, Tabitha Goodner faces up to six months of imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000.
A sentencing hearing was set by Judge Lawson for September 1, 2011 at 2 pm.