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Bill would combat fraudulent contractors

By DAVID BEARD

The Dominion Post

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Legislative leaders got their first look on Sunday at a proposed bill to prevent contractors who’ve defrauded the state from bidding on future contracts.

Doren Burrell, legislative services attorney, reviewed the bill for the Post Audits Subcommittee, composed of House and Senate leaders.

The bill stems from a problem explored during past interim meetings.

The Division of Highways had entered into three contracts, in March and April, with Bayliss & Ramey, a highway electrical contractor whose former president had admitted to conspiring to commit fraud by illegally diverted $1.5 million worth of DOH projects to South Carolina engineering firm.

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