The Chicago-based commercial flooring contractor Mr. David’s Flooring International LLC (MDFI) has pleaded guilty to participating in rigging bids and fixing prices for commercial flooring products and services, as well as money laundering involving kickbacks. MDFI will pay over $1.2 million fine for its role in these crimes.
For the known period between 2009 and 2017, MDFI conspired with other companies to rig bids for commercial flooring. These conspirators would decide on the company that would win the bid, and the one that would intentionally lose.
Between 2013 and 2018, MDFI also laundered money to hide kickback payments to an account executive at a flooring manufacturer. The company made these kickbacks in return for unauthorized discounts. It issued checks to a shell corporation that the account executive had created just to receive these illicit payments.
Source: US Department of Justice