MCC Construction Company has agreed to pay nearly $1.8 million in criminal penalties and forfeiture for conspiring with two companies that were eligible to receive federal government contracts meant for small, disadvantaged businesses, to obtain such government contracts with the understanding that MCC would, illegally, perform all of the work.  Under the illegal agreement, the companies that were awarded these government contracts kept 3 percent of the value of the contracts for allowing MCC to use the companies’ small business status to win the contracts.  MCC waived the requirement of being charged by way of federal indictment, agreed to the filing of the information, and accepted responsibility for its criminal conduct.  The plea agreement − announced in a Feb. 2, 2016, press release by the Department of Justice − is subject to the court’s approval at a sentencing hearing scheduled for March 15, 2016.