Thursday, September 9, 2010

DWSD Contractor Bobby Ferguson Facing Federal Charges

Bobby Ferguson (Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.), a major contractor on DWSD projects over the past decade, and three associates were named yesterday in an 8 count federal indictment that includes conspiracy to defraud the United States, mail fraud and money laundering. The indictment centers around a project with the Detroit Building Authority, Garden View Estates, and does not focus on any particular DWSD project. 

The Detroit News reports that since 2002, Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. was awarded about $170 million in contracts by the City of Detroit, and that about $109 million of that amount (64%) represented contracts awarded by DWSD.

The federal indictment unsealed yesterday does not come as a surprise.  To anyone.

In January, 2009, the FBI served a search warrant on Ferguson Enterprises, Inc., and Xcel Construction, a company reported to be connected with Ferguson.  Two months later, we reported (here) that the Detroit City Council had rejected a $2.2 million contract award to Ferguson on small DWSD project.

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