A Madison, Maine roofer was the key whistleblower in a lawsuit settled last week that recovered more than $400,000 over allegations a Bangor company cut corners on federal building projects in Maine. Brian Emery helped expose the fraud allegations after he was hired as a subcontractor by Belcon Enterprises, also known at the time as Roof Systems of Maine, based in Bangor. The projects were underway from 2010 to 2014.
Emery, 52, owner of Maine Roof Solutions, said in an interview Tuesday he was prompted to file suit under the federal False Claims Act because his concerns about “egregious” problems with the projects were ignored and dismissed by both the contractor and government officials. The False Claims Act is used to combat fraud by contractors and other businesses doing work for the federal government.
“I was met more with platitudes,” Emery said Tuesday, who started learning the roofing trade at age 9 from his father and has been working in the business for 40 years. “They outwardly ignored the problem.”
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