Feds say white Wisconsin woman claimed she was Black to win contracts

A Franklin construction firm got a family member to pose as a disadvantaged Black business…

A Franklin construction firm got a family member to pose as a disadvantaged Black business owner to win Army contracts set aside for such enterprises, federal investigators say.

The investigation claims that Nikki Platt’s company, Broadway Construction, with an address in Milwaukee, was a front to funnel $7 million in government contracts set aside for minority companies to Platt Construction, her father’s firm.

Details were revealed in a recently unsealed application for a search warrant, filed last year, by an agent with the Inspector General’s Office of the General Services Administration, which is in charge of federal buildings.

It sought to search information kept by a technical solutions company that provided internet, network and server operations, plus IT equipment, support and maintenance for Platt Construction and Broadway Construction.