On September 10, 2008, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) charged Lindsey B. Holt, president of Architectural Products Co. Inc., Humberto Lopez, vice president of El Paso Steel Doors and Frames, Inc. and their respective companies with conspiracy to rig bids and allocate customers for certain contracts for sale of doors and other hardware for various construction projects in the El Paso area. Ms. Holt is also charged with obstruction of justice for encouraging co-conspirators to lie about the existence of the conspiracy.
The conspiracy began in the early 1990s and continued until May 2006. Ms. Holt, Mr. Lopez, and their co-conspirators agreed to not to compete on bids and decided on which companies would win contracts. They allocated different customers to designated companies and agreed not to compete for business of customers allocated to another company.