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Illinois construction giant settles $12 million whistleblower lawsuit

James McHugh Construction company settled a suit with Illinois and federal prosecutors and will be forced to pay $12 million to the government in a whistleblower lawsuit

Chicago-based construction company James McHugh Construction settled a suit with Illinois and federal prosecutors and will be forced to pay $12 million to the government in a whistleblower lawsuit. The announcement was made on May 1, and under the agreement, McHugh has admitted to no wrongdoing and will not be barred from being awarded future government contracts.

The suit stems from project manager Ryan Keiser, whose firm partnered with the construction giant, which is a known construction heavyweight in the industry. Keiser said he was coerced into participating into a subcontracting scam,  according to the Chicago Tribune,  spending his days falsifying purchase orders, labor hours and other paperwork to show that his company, which was owned by a woman, was doing jobs that were actually being handled by McHugh.

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