Posted: 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012
Companies accused of bid-rigging
Ace Truck Equipment
This Zaneseville-based truck part dealer did $867,718 worth of business with ODOT since July 2001. Investigators say company officials submitted bids from other companies owned by the same family to make it look like three companies were bidding on projects when all the work was going to the same people regardless of who won. Switching out which company won each bid allowed them to avoid a $50,000 limit on how much work could go to one company in one year.
This traffic control equipment company based in Amelia with offices in Beavercreek did $638,300 worth of business with ODOT since July 2001. Investigators say company officials used a sister company named Quattro Inc. to submit bids to fake competition with A&A Safety, and controlled bids with related companies Bain Enterprises and Bain Industries, which they also used to get work under minority contracting rules.
This Cambridge-based machinery parts company with offices in Monroe and Dublin did nearly $1.1 million worth of business with ODOT since July 2001. Investigators say company officials ran four companies and pitted them against each other and non-existent affiliates to create the illusion of competition when bidding on projects. They also set up minority vendors to act as pass-throughs for contracts to secure business set aside for minorities.
Rath Builders Supply
This Defiance-based company did $604,685 worth of business with ODOT since July 2001. A Dayton-area purchasing agent told investigators he knew Rath and a sister company were related, but still allowed the two companies to submit all of the quotes for 25 purchases from the same fax number.
This Columbus-based ice equipment company did $509,737 worth of work with ODOT since July 2001. Investigators say it and three companies with the same owners and same location submitted all of the quotes for 21 transactions. ODOT purchasers said they were aware of the relationship.