- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - An upstate New York construction company and three individuals have paid just over $1 million to resolve claims they defrauded a government program designed to benefit female- and minority-owned contractors.

The settling parties are ING Civil, Inc. in Watervliet and its owner, Corey Ingerson; James Beaudoin, former president of Watervliet-based Rexford Albany Municipal Supply Company, Inc.; and former salesman John Leary.

Federal officials said ING Civil submitted false electronic documentation to the city of Cohoes in 2011 showing it had satisfied its goals in the federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program.

That program is aimed at providing opportunities for businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals on projects financed, at least in part, by the federal government.

The project in question was reconstruction of a bridge over the Mohawk River.

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