Bid Rigging in School Bus Services

“Four owners of school bus transportation companies were sentenced today for participating in bid rigging and fraud conspiracies related to school bus transportation contracts in Puerto Rico, the Department of Justice announced.

The jury found that they conspired to rig bids and allocate the market for public school bus transportation contracts in the municipality of Caguas from approximately August 2013 until May 2015.

‘These transportation company owners lined their own pockets with public funds that were intended to provide essential services to at-risk school districts,’ said Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division.  ‘The sentences imposed today reflect the serious harm caused by the actions of the defendants who enriched themselves at the expense of schoolchildren and American taxpayers.’

Today’s sentencings are the result of a federal antitrust investigation into price fixing, bid rigging and other anticompetitive conduct in Puerto Rico’s school bus transportation services industry.”

Source: DoJ

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