Lawsuit filed by Target alleges massive fraud by contractor

  • Article by: DAN BROWNING , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 4, 2012 - 1:00 AM

In racketeering lawsuit, the retailer accuses Texas-based contractor, other firms of rigging bids for work on parking lots.

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njc264isbackAug. 3, 12 9:02 PM

The irony as I have it on firsthand knowledge that Target often solicits bids from vendors only to then reveal those bid prices to other vendors in attempts to undercut high competitors, and hope they'll lower their bid. I guess it's okay for them to do it, but not have it done to them.

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noggnbloggnAug. 3, 12 9:53 PM

I'm sure it cuts both ways, as an investigation of any large business operation might reveal (Target, Walmart, Costco, etc.). But 2 wrongs don't make a right, and this sounds like organized fraud, organized crime. A court of law is the proper place to determine guilt, not the newspaper, not the occupy Wall Street crowd, not even our White House, which wants to pick the winners and losers in our economy. The 'haves' are the target of many people's disdain, for the benefit of the 'have nots', which is still theft, whether done legally or not. I hope Target wins in court, if they have indeed been defrauded. It sounds like their case has merit.

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mglovettAug. 3, 1210:39 PM

I used to manage a store in a national chain. We had regional construction managers (4) the construction manager wrote an explanation of work required and specs. The local store manager got at least 3 bids, the regional approved one. The work got done and the contractor was paid. Wasn't too tough.

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summer12Aug. 3, 1211:00 PM

Huh, a corrupt contractor, imagine that.

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mn1nativeAug. 3, 1211:12 PM

What about the fraud that Target pulls with all the labor it imports on H1-B, L1, etc. visas. There are lots of unemployed IT professionals (though not as cheap) that are more then qualified for their jobs.

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mplssellAug. 3, 1211:29 PM

TX defrauding a Midwestern Company? Smells like TX Scott Walker Ranger is in on it as well. Target better contract with local reputable companies, & stay out of "The Southern Good Old Boys Club" - The GOP keeps em in their side pocket for $$$ & protection.

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wingophersAug. 4, 1212:13 AM

Atty. General Humphrey did a successful bid rigging case with various ashphalt road construction companies in Southern Minnesota in the Mid 1980's. Good for Target for finding out and taking legal action. Criminal prosecutors should take note !

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wallyworldmnAug. 4, 12 1:55 AM

Regardless of company size, it is only proper to expose practices that are shady or illegal. Target is big enough and spread out enough that maybe someone thought that they couldn't connect the dots because they were so big. I don't think that Target would be going after them and allowing this to go to formal suit if they didn't have a strong case. This has nothing to do with politics, political leanings or competitive business practices - they are going after illegal and fraudulent activities by an organized group.

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simplyhotAug. 4, 12 6:25 AM

How can you be that naive?

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WHIMSEYAug. 4, 12 7:53 AM

Who at Target CORP is or is not minding the store? It is still the responsibility of whom ever at CORP office to oversee subcontractors. This is NOT to take the light off the sub who seems to be a crook. If you own a business you should always be paying attention to the money.

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