Massachusetts Contractor Sued For Not Using Minority- and Woman-owned Businesses

Petricca Construction Company, a Massachusetts-based contractor, was allegedly involved in construction fraud and violating the Massachusetts False Claims Act.  A new lawsuit filed by the Massachusetts Attorney General claims that Petricca falsely certified compliance with contracts that required Petricca to use minority- and woman-owned businesses for work equal to a certain value of the contract.  Petricca allegedly used non-minority and non-woman contractors instead.  The suit claims that between 2004 and 2008, Petricca filed approximately 184 fraudulent certifications and fell nearly $600,000 short of its commitment.  The whistleblower in this case is Larry’s Trucking, a minority contractor who was allegedly cut out of work by Petricca.

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