By Associated Press - Wednesday, August 12, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Federal authorities says a supplier of plumbing and fire protection equipment has agreed to pay more than $4.9 million to settle claims its work was falsely represented as done by a Native American company eligible for certain subcontracts.

U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian says HD Supply Waterworks provided material that prime contractors reported had come from now-defunct American Indian Builders & Suppliers Inc. of Lewiston in western New York.

Authorities say American Indian collected Waterworks invoices, transferred information to its own invoices, added a markup and passed them on to prime contractors.

Attorney Henry Greenberg says Waterworks admits no wrongdoing in the settlement. He says the company has cooperated with authorities and has taken steps to ensure compliance with federal programs.

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