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(WAB NEWS) – A construction company that has been repeatedly promoted by President Donald Trump and his allies received a major construction contract for the border wall valued at more than $ 1.2 billion, the Corps of Engineers spokesman told CNN. US Army USA
The North Dakota Fisher Sand and Gravel company was awarded the “border barrier infrastructure” contract on May 6, the spokesperson said.RELATED
The Arizona Daily Star first reported Fisher’s contract, which has not been announced by the Department of Defense or the Office of Customs and Border Protection.
The news of the deal comes as the company’s $ 400 million December border contract continues to be reviewed by the Defense Department inspector general in response to a request from Congress. Mississippi Democrat Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House’s National Security committee, said at the time that a series of actions “raise concerns about the possibility of inappropriate influence” regarding the decision to award a contract to the company.
“I request that you review the award of this contract to ensure that the offer submitted by Fisher Sand and Gravel Co. met the application standards and that the award was made by USACE in accordance with federal procurement laws and regulations,” Thompson wrote. at the time, referring to the US Army Corps of Engineers. USA
While the president has publicly promoted Fisher, the company has a history of red flags, including more than $ 1 million in fines for fiscal and environmental violations. A decade ago, a former co-owner of the company pleaded guilty to tax fraud and was sentenced to prison.
The company also admitted to having defrauded the federal government by obstructing the IRS. The former executive, who is the brother of the company’s current owner, is no longer associated with Fisher.
And while its corporate headquarters are in North Dakota, Fisher has a sizeable footprint in Arizona, where it operates an asphalt company as well as a drill and blast company. It is there that the company has compiled an extensive history of environmental violations.
When asked by CNN last year to comment on the record of environmental violations and legal problems, the company said in a statement: “The questions you ask have nothing to do with the excellent product and work Fisher is proposing regarding the protection of the southern border of the United States. Problems and situations in your email were resolved years ago. None of those issues are pending today. ”