MANHATTAN (CN) – A construction company owner lied about having veteran preference to win a $5.7 million contract, federal prosecutors said.
John Raymond Anthony White, who is not a veteran, claimed that one of his employees owned part of the company, making it eligible for contracts from the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the complaint.
Prosecutors say White is 95 percent owner of Mitsubishi Construction, but he lied on a company profile submitted to the VA, stating that the company is “a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business.”
Neither White nor the 5 percent shareholder are veterans, but White claimed that one of his foremen was a 51 percent owner, and won a $5.7 million contract from the VA in September 2009, according to the complaint.
White was arrested last week.