- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - An Orlando construction contractor has agreed to pay the federal government $250,000 to settle a false claims charge.

Air Ideal Inc. reached the deal Wednesday with federal prosecutors.

The company must also pay five percent of its revenues to the government over the next five years as part of the deal.

Prosecutors say company officials made false statements to the Small Business Administration in order to obtain certification that it was located in a historically disadvantaged area.

Certified contractors get priority when it comes to government contracts.

Prosecutors say the construction company had no workers in an underutilized zone, even though it claimed to have its offices in one.

The company received contracts from the Coast Guard, Army, Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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