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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  
Construction Company, Company Owner & Office Manager Charged

Alleged Improper Payments Related to 2 County Construction Projects

Miami (December 18, 2019) – As a result of a joint investigation by the Miami-Dade County Office of the Inspector General and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, Jorge Gonzalez, Owner and President of ABC Construction Inc. (ABC), Laura Gonzalez, Office Manager for ABC, and ABC Construction Inc., allegedly submitted fictitious invoices, insurance forms and altered receipts to Miami-Dade County to receive insurance reimbursements that ABC was not authorized to receive. ABC has performed work for various Miami-Dade County departments for approximately 25 years.

The charged parties allegedly provided fictitious invoices, insurance forms and altered receipts to Miami-Dade County to expedite insurance reimbursement payments that ABC was not immediately authorized to receive. These deceptive acts occurred on two County contracts awarded to ABC: 1) the Caleb Parking Garage; and 2) the Pedestrian Overpass Bridge at University Metrorail Station. The involved $57,288.20 of payments led to the filing of criminal charges.

Jorge Gonzalez has been charged with:

·        3 counts – Criminal Use of Personal ID Information, 2nd  Degree Felony

·        3 counts – Uttering Forged Instrument, 3rd  Degree Felony

·        1 count – Grand Theft, 2nd  Degree Felony

Laura Gonzalez has been charged with:

·        2 counts – Uttering Forged Instrument, 3rd  Degree Felony

·        Criminal Use of Personal ID Information, 2nd Degree Felony

ABC Construction Inc. has been charged with:

·        1 count – Organized Scheme to Defraud, 1st  Degree Felony

·        5 counts – Uttering Forged Instrument – 3rd Degree Felony

·        5 counts – Criminal Use of Personal ID Information, 2nd Degree Felony

·        1 count – Grand Theft, 2nd  Degree Felony

“There can never be a rationalization of any business process that uses false invoices and documents to get things done,” said State attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “I congratulate the Office of the Inspector General for exposing this problem and bringing it to my prosecutors for resolution.”

“It is unfathomable that a company that has made over 60 million dollars from the taxpayers of Miami-Dade County would stoop so low to defraud the County in this manner,” added Miami-Dade Inspector General Mary T. Cagle. “In addition to the ongoing prosecution, the OIG will be pursuing debarment of this company and its principal from any future County work.”

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