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Big Dig Contractor Pleads Guilty to 39 Charges

Although the US Attorney’s Office dropped all 10 charges relating to the 2006 accident that killed a Jamaica Plain woman as she drove through the Big Dig construction project, Modern Continental Corp., the largest Big Dig contractor, still faces 39 federal charges of overbilling and construction defects on the project. The contractor pleaded guilty last week, and its lawyers added that the ceiling collapse was the result of another company supplying the wrong epoxy for ceiling panels.

In December, the epoxy vendor agreed to pay $16 million to Massachusetts and Boston to resolve the criminal charges. According to the Boston Globe, prosecutors were not available for comment.

Modern Continental faces criminal fines up to a half million dollars on each of the 39 counts; however, lawyers noted that the company sought the shelter of the US Bankruptcy Court three days after the criminal charges were filed last summer because they do not have the money to pay the fines.

Big Dig contractor Modern Continental pleads guilty, Boston Globe, May 8, 2009
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