A contractor whose work for the state of Utah was stolen has sued the state and the Utah Department of Water Resources, claiming that the theft violated a contract for his work.
The lawsuit filed on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City seeks compensatory damages, court costs and costs related to the theft.
The Utah Department has said that it is reviewing the suit.
The contractor, who has not been identified, has worked for the agency for seven years, the agency said in a statement.
The contractor has worked on water distribution projects for the city of Salt Lake and the state since 2010, according to the statement.
He had completed two months of work for a major water utility, which was contracted to install the new water main at the time the work was stolen.
The city of Utah had to pay the contractor a total of $4.7 million for the theft of the contract.
The state’s Department of Transportation said it has investigated the theft, and will work with the contractor to ensure the contract is restored.