- Associated Press - Monday, June 30, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The former president and part-owner of a northeastern Pennsylvania construction company has been sentenced to seven years in prison on charges he defrauded a federal program designed to increase minority participation in government contracts.

Schuylkill Products Inc. President and CEO Joseph Nagle was sentenced Monday in federal court in Harrisburg.

He was convicted in 2012 of counts including conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering related to contracts received by his company and a subsidiary between 1993 and 2008.

Prosecutors say the companies used a minority-owned firm in Connecticut as a front to get $136 million worth of federally funded highway work in Pennsylvania. Four other former executives have pleaded guilty in the case.

Prosecutors say it was the largest-ever fraud of the government’s minority set-aside program.

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