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Portland fines contractors for allegedly creating ‘front company’ to certify as woman-owned business

The City of Portland said Wednesday it will fine the owners of a painting contractor $20,000 for allegedly creating a “front company” to qualify as a woman-owned business. The city is accusing the business, Portland Coatings, of receiving more than $1 million in contracts while falsely claiming to be owned by a woman.



a house with trees in the background: Portland City Hall's windows remain boarded up on September 4 amid ongoing demonstrations in the city calling for police and racial justice reforms.


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Portland City Hall’s windows remain boarded up on September 4 amid ongoing demonstrations in the city calling for police and racial justice reforms.

Portland had been investigating Terezia Nyland and her husband, Michael, since 2017, after an unspecified tip to the city’s ombudsman office. The city said Portland Coatings’ address is actually the loading dock for a business Michael Nyland owns, Williamsen & Bleid.

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In addition to the $20,000 fine, the city suspended the Nylands’ eligibility to do business for the city for three years. The Nylands’ lawyer said Tuesday

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