For more than 15 years, employees of Ernest Fink Jr. created an elaborate fraud by pretending to work for a small, minority-owned Connecticut construction firm known as Marikina Construction Corp. so that Fink could obtain $136 million in government contracts to work on highways.

It was the largest such fraud, and probably the most intricate, in the history of the Department of Transportation, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Harrisburg, Pa.

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