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Tough Questions: Feds Raid Contractor's Offices

A subcontractor accused of doing shoddy work in Saginaw is now in hot water with the federal government, but that's not stopping the state from lining up jobs with the company this construction season.

WNEM TV5's Aisha Howard went out to Ask The Tough Questions after the feds raided a business in the western part of the state with a Saginaw connection.

Federal agents hauled boxes of documents from Martin J. Concrete in Coopersville, enough to fill a small U-Haul.

Martin J. Concrete was the contractor working on the Genesee Streetscape project in downtown Saginaw last year. The company, and its owner, Martin Juarez, was responsible for laying the concrete.

And by all accounts, the company performed an unsatisfactory job. "Portions of the job weren't built to the specifications and standards required as part of the contract," said Saginaw city engineer Phil Karwat. "So Martin J. had some items to come back and repair and or replace."

Several photos shown to TV5 by city officials reveal gaping holes in the concrete. Karwat said he made Martin J. Concrete redo the job at a cost of $200,000, which added months on to the project.

"He disagreed with me," said Karwat. "But bottom line is, he has to perform what was required of him, per the contract."

But what's the deal with federal raid?

Sources in the concrete business tell TV5 it all has to do with the way Juarez pays his workers. There are lots of rules to follow when contractors are paid by the feds, and the question is whether Juarez followed those rules.

TV5 tried to ask him directly but only reached his voicemail.

Meanwhile, other sources claim employees may have been working without proper immigration papers.

So the raid remains a mystery and with Juarez nowhere to be found, his business practices are also unclear.

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