OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A tiny Nebraska startup awarded the first border wall construction project under President Donald Trump is the offshoot of a construction firm that was accused in a government audit of shady billing practices.
SWF Constructors lists just one employee in its Omaha office. Still, it won the $11 million federal contract in November to replace more than 2 miles of border fence in California with post-style barriers. The project represents a sliver of a plan central to Trump's presidential campaign promise for a wall at the border with Mexico.
Its owner is Edgewood, New York-based Coastal Environmental Group. A lawyer who represented a contractor that sued Coastal for failure to pay speculates the company might have applied for the wall contract under SWF in an attempt to dodge scrutiny.
This story has been corrected to reflect that Coastal is based in Edgewood, New York, not Englewood.
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