Monitor selected to oversee Miron Construction

Special to The Freeman

June 30, 2014

NEENAH – United States Attorney James L. Santelle announced Monday that Stephen C. VanderBloemen has been selected as the monitor who will oversee Miron Construction Co. Inc.

The monitor is part of a non-prosecution agreement reached between Miron and federal officials. The monitor is the result of accusations that the Neenah-based construction company intentionally overbilled five school districts that are now receiving a $4 million reimbursement from the company.

The school districts, which Miron worked for between 2003 and 2008, include Abbotsford, De Pere, Marathon, D.C. Everest and Waunakee.

VanderBloemen, who is managing partner of The VanderBloemen Group financial-services firm, will begin his work as Miron’s monitor immediately, according to a statement. He has worked in public accounting for more than 43 years, the statement said.

In addition to the $4 million reimbursement and the monitor’s oversight, Miron’s agreement also requires the company to discontinue business relations with its former accounting firm, Appleton-based Schenck S.C.
Furthermore, the company must adopt a corporate responsibility program to train employees on ethics and provide protection to whistleblowers; adopt a document-retention policy; and refrain from “cost smoothing,” which is an accounting practice that eliminates the need to report cost overruns by taking costs from a failed project and transferring them to a successful one, according to the statement.