Big Dig contractor charged with false statements

June 20, 2008 6:51:51 PM PDT
Federal authorities say the Big Dig's largest construction contractor lied about its quality of work on a section where a ceiling collapse killed a woman. Modern Continental Corp. on Friday was charged in federal court with making false statements and submitting false time and materials slips on contracts.

The U.S. attorney's office alleges the Cambridge-based company lied about its work on the Interstate 90 Connector Tunnel. A portion of the ceiling collapsed in 2006, killing a car passenger.

Federal officials also said the company lied about its work on a section of the Interstate 93 Tip O'Neill Tunnel that failed in 2004.

A Modern Continental spokesman says the company will issue a statement later Friday.