Antitrust Case Filings
F. Allied Construction Company, Inc., Andrew Foster, and Kevin Shell each pleaded guilty to two counts of entering into and engaging in a combination and conspiracy to suppress and eliminate competition by agreeing to rig bids for contracts to provide asphalt paving services in the state of Michigan. Count One charged a conspiracy that began at least as early as June 2013 and continued until at least as late as June 2019. Count Two charged a separate conspiracy that began at least as early as July 2017 and continued until at least as late as May 2021.
South Korean company J&J Korea, Inc. pleaded guilty and was sentenced for its role in a bid-rigging and fraud scheme involving repair and maintenance subcontract work at U.S military hospitals in South Korea. The subcontract work related to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) contract providing for operation and maintenance support services at U.S. military facilities around the world. The contract required the prime contractor to use a competitive bidding process when awarding subcontract work under the contract. However, the defendant and its co-conspirator, another South Korean company, agreed to submit rigged bids to ensure that the defendant won most of the subcontract work in South Korea under the USACE contract.
On September 6, 2023, a federal grand jury in Las Vegas returned a superseding indictment charging Eduardo Lopez, a health care staffing executive, with conspiring to fix the wages of Las Vegas nurses — and then fraudulently concealing that conspiracy and the government’s investigation so that he could sell his company for over $10 million. Count one of the superseding indictment charges Lopez and other unnamed co-conspirators with agreeing to suppress and eliminate competition for the services of nurses between March 2016 and May 2019. Counts two through six of the superseding indictment charge Lopez with wire fraud. According to the superseding indictment, in December 2021, Lopez sold his health care staffing company for over $10 million and falsely represented to the buyer of his company that federal law enforcement was not investigating him or his company. But, according to court documents, Lopez knew that was false. FBI special agents had questioned Lopez, served Lopez with a grand jury subpoena addressed to his company and seized his cell phone pursuant to a search warrant.
On February 13, Marina Yaniuk and Dzmitry Yaniuk pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, defrauding the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“MTA”) and manipulating bids that were let by the MTA’s Asset Recovery Unit in connection with excess vehicles sold on the MTA’s online public auction website. The conspiracy began as early as November 2019 and continued until at least February 2021.