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Lawsuit: Contractor forged payment docs for new Edinburg fire station

July 30, 2018

EDINBURG — A construction company alleges the city paid more than half-a-million dollars to a contrac-tor that forged signatures on documents tied to the construction of Fire Station No. 5.

Last year, Edinburg awarded a $1.5 million bid to Candela Organization LLC to construct the 13,000-square-foot facility on the north side of town. The new fire station was supposed to serve about 60,000 residents and reduce emergency response times for the area by 10 to 12 minutes.

Candela, however, turned around and contracted Fulcrum Consulting Services LLC to do subcontracting work for the project in April. The work was estimated to cost about $1.4 million, according to a lawsuit filed by Fulcrum earlier this year.

“Even though Candela was the general contractor, the subcontract agreement called for Fulcrum to build the fire station,” the lawsuit stated.

nlopez@themonitor.com

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