After criminal charges were filed against the State College based, construction company, Glenn O. Hawbaker, Penndot suspended the company from bidding on state funded highway projects.
That suspension has now been lifted but not by Penndot.
Back in April, state attorney Josh Shapiro announced four criminal counts of theft related charges against Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. Involving state and federal prevailing wage laws
“They underfunded employee retirement accounts to the tune of $15 million over the past five years. instead of putting prevailing wage workers money into their 401K,they used some of it to pay
non-prevailing wage workers pensions. essentially taking from one group of workers to pay for the rest of the company.”
Penndot then temporarily suspended Hawbaker for three months from bidding on state funded or supervised highway construction projects. According to Shapiro, the company was paid more than 1.7 Billion dollars by Penndot between 2003 and 2018.
When we asked Penndot this week the status of the suspension we received this response from their press secretary the commonwealth court issued an order,
on June 30,2021 preliminary enjoining Penndot from enforcing the suspension.
Penndot is reviewing the decision and analyzing the next steps. As for the criminal case filed in Centre County court against Hawbaker, a pre trial conference on Friday was continued.
No one from the company was individually charged by the AG’s office. In a statement after the charges were filed, Hawbaker said it’s cooperated with the investigation, believed that it always acted in accordance with state and federal laws, and pledged to work constructively to reach a swift resolution.