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Tishman Ordered to Pay $20 Million in One World Trade Center Construction Payment Fraud

One World Trade Center, New York

Tishman Construction Corporation, a construction management company that worked on the One World Trade Center project in New York City, admitted to over-billing clients more than $5 million, over the course of a decade. Tishman charged for extra hours of work, at hourly rates that exceeded their contracts.

According to a Brooklyn U.S. Attorney, Tishman’s overbilling was “a systemic practice.” This was no mistake.

Tishman also defrauded customers on projects at the Plaza Hotel and the Javitz Convention Center.

This just goes to show, you can never be too careful with your bookkeeping. Construction financial managers have a tough enough time as it is collecting payment without running into illegal activity. Be vigilant!

> Read the Justice Department’s Brief on the Tishman Case

 

Fed Raises Interest Rates: What It Means For Construction

Rate Increase

The Federal Reserve increased interest rates last week for the first time since 2006. For the non-economists out there, this means that it’s going to cost more to borrow money. That means that lending will likely slow down.

But fear not (yet), the Fed’s increase is a mere 0.25 percentage point increase. Economists have said that they don’t expect such a small increase to impact housing or building markets.

Still, given that it’s been nearly 10 years since the last rate hike, this is a historic change. Moreover, the Fed plans four rate increases in the next year. As borrowing becomes more expensive, cash becomes every more important and valuable to construction businesses. The rate increase is also likely to affect mortgage rates, which influence home building.

Head to constructiondive.com to learn more and see housing survey results.

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays, and May The Force Be With You!