US Border Wall Construction

North Dakota Company Touted by Trump wins Billion-Dollar Contract for Border Wall Construction

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A North Dakota construction company that has been regularly publicized by President Trump and his allies, has bagged the billion dollar contract for border wall construction.

The value of border wall contract is more than $1.2 billion, a US Army Corps of Engineers spokesperson reported to CNN on Tuesday.

Fisher Sand and Gravel, a North Dakota company won this contract for “border barrier infrastructure” on May 6.

This contract deal was reported by The Arizona Daily Star, though it is still not announced by Defense Department or the Customs and Border Protection.

President Donald Trump has regularly touted Fisher Sand and Gravel, although there are numerous red flags to this company in the past. The history of this company includes fines of more than $1 million for environmental and tax violations.

A former co-owner of the company pleaded guilty to tax fraud a decade ago and is now imprisoned.

Presently the company’s December border contracts, approximating $400 million, are being reviewed by the Defense Department inspector general after the request from Congress.

Bennie Thompson, House Homeland Security Chairman and a Mississippi Democrat, said that currently a series of events “raise concerns about the possibility of inappropriate influence” on the decision to provide the contract to the company in question.

Referring to the US Army Corps of Engineers, Thompson said, “I am requesting that you review the award of this contract to ensure that the bid submitted by Fisher Sand and Gravel Co. met the solicitation standards and that USACE made the award in accordance with federal procurement law and regulations.”

The Fisher Sand and Gravel company has admitted to defrauding the federal government by looming the IRS.

In its defense the company gave a statement to CNN, “The questions you are asking have nothing to do with the excellent product and work that Fisher is proposing with regard to protecting America’s southern border. The issues and situations were resolved years ago. None of those matters are outstanding today.”

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