Two thousand years ago, the Roman poet Juvenal (late 1st – early 2nd century A.D.) wrote of builders :-
…sanitary engineers and municipal architects, men
Who by swearing that black is white land all the juicy contracts
Just like that – a new temple, swamp-drainage, harbour-works,
River-clearance, undertaking, the lot – then pocket the cash
And fraudulently file their petition in bankruptcy.
Things haven’t changed. (Because of the law of defamation I am unable to link this piece with any current event or site.)