Analysis

'Painful' Big Dig Memories Steel Mass. For Infrastructure Influx

By Chris Villani (March 8, 2022, 5:38 PM EST) -- Massachusetts' expected influx of federal infrastructure funds creates the potential for fraud, but experts tell Law360 the state should be better prepared thanks to "painful" lessons learned during the troubled Big Dig project.

In February, Gov. Charlie Baker's administration outlined its initial plans to use the $9.5 billion that will be pumped into the commonwealth over the next five years to upgrade roads, bridges, public transportation and environmental infrastructure.

Glenn MacKinlay, a former federal prosecutor and partner at McCarter & English LLP, cautions that "any time such an enormous amount of money is at issue, there is a potential for fraud."...

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