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It does not take long for patterns to emerge in contracting data between pairs of companies — one equipped to get contracts based on its disadvantaged status and another to perform the work.

Fidelis Design & Construction LLC is owned by a service-disabled veteran who also is a minority. It received $13.5 million in six stimulus contracts from Veterans Affairs, all reserved for disabled veterans. But each time, it subcontracted virtually all the work to Pride Enterprises, a black-owned firm that would not have been eligible to bid on the contracts directly. Fidelis described its role as “supervisory” in stimulus disclosures.

In all, Fidelis kept $1.4 million, or 11 percent, with the remainder going to Pride.

Pride Enterprises said “there’s no relationship — no relationship at all” between the two companies. But Richard Bennett of Fidelis acknowledged that at the time of the contracts, Pride’s owner was a partner in Fidelis — meaning a non-veteran was repeatedly winning contracts reserved for veterans and routing them to his construction company.

“We were using Pride Enterprises’ resources until the government said that was unacceptable, so I bought them out,” Mr. Bennett said. “He hasn’t been a partner for more than a year — for two years now.”