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Paint Used as Sealer Exposes Scheme

A man posing as a contractor took advantage of a Bowie, MD, resident by using paint to “seal” her driveway and charging her thousands for the job.


Feds Say 7 Duped $350M from Government

A federal grand jury in Columbia, SC, has charged seven people with cheating the government out of hundreds of millions of dollars in a construction fraud scheme.


Jury: PG&E Guilty of Pipeline Safety Breaches

A federal jury found California utility company Pacific Gas and Electric Co. guilty of criminal charges connected to the fatal 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion.


SCDOT Workers Face Corruption Charges

A South Carolina grand jury has indicted three former state transportation department officials on corruption charges for activities that reach back approximately seven years, according to m...


PG&E Penalties Slashed to $6M

The utility company involved in the 2010 San Bruno, CA, pipeline explosion will be facing only a small fraction of the criminal penalties prosecutors had originally been seeking in the case.


NY Bridge Inspector Charges Wreak Havoc

The safety of many bridges in Connecticut is now in question after the arrest earlier this year in New York of a bridge inspector accused of faking inspection reports.


Pipeline Company Faces Criminal Charges

Nearly one year to the day from the pipeline breach that spilled 140,000 gallons of crude oil on the California coast, the Houston-based pipeline operator has been indicted on 46 criminal co...


Bearing Maker Gets 35 Months for Fraud

A Chicago manufacturer who had pleaded guilty to making false statements concerning highway projects and to aggravated identity theft will spend 35 months in behind bars, according to the U....


Criminal Trial Pending for 2010 Blast

Six years after a devastating blast in one of its natural gas pipelines, a California utility company is facing a criminal trial.


Burgling Brit Foiled by Can of Paint

You’ve heard of the thief who was caught red-handed, but a burglar in the U.K. recently was apprehended because of white feet.


Exec Gets 19 Years in Kickback Scheme

The former president of Brazil’s largest construction company is the latest official to be sentenced in the ongoing investigation into corruption at the country’s state-run oil company.


Asbestos Pipe Work Leads to Guilty Plea

The improper removal and disposal of asbestos during pipeline work led a 60-year-old Kennard, TX, man to admit guilt for federal environmental violations, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announc...


Burglar Leaves Footprints in UV Paint

Now, this man painted himself in a corner. Police in the UK were recently able to catch a burglar, with the help of a bright green UV paint, according to Shropshirelive.com and other news ou...


NY Builder Agrees to Pay Out $20M

One of New York City’s largest building firms, Tishman Construction Corp., has admitted to employing fraudulent billing practices to cheat its project clients out of more than $5 million dol...


Employee Skims from Paint Contractor

A former bookkeeper for an industrial painting contractor has pleaded guilty to charges that he stole more than $200,000 from his employer while working there.


Shipyards Eyed in Brazil Graft Scandal

As the official investigation into the graft scandal involving Brazilian oil and gas giant Petrobras proceeds, three shipyards were revealed to be among those implicated in the scheme.


Two Sentenced in Brazilian Oil Scheme

The former treasurer of Brazil’s ruling party and a former official for the state-run oil company Petrobras have been sentenced for their roles in what authorities have said is the largest c...


‘Reckless Gamble’ Leads to Jail Time

Choosing to defy a "stop work" order on a Milpitas, CA, job site has led to prison sentences for two California construction company agents, according to authorities.


OSHA Card Fraudster May Get 5 Years

CAMDEN, NJ--A thriving enterprise peddling fake federal safety certifications on New Jersey job sites has shut down with a second guilty plea and the prospect of prison for one of the princi...


Man Held in $100M L.A. Arson

LOS ANGELES--A 56-year-old city resident has pleaded not guilty to torching a high-rise under construction last December, igniting an explosion that left more than $100 million in damage.


Painter Recants Sub Arson Admission

FORT DIX, NJ—A civilian painter serving 17 years in a federal prison for a $450 million blaze aboard a nuclear submarine now says he did not set that fire.


Graffiti-Smelling Tech Traps Taggers

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—Technology that sniffs out paint is helping police nab graffiti vandals in the act in New South Wales.


Guilty Plea for Bad Bridge Bearings

RALEIGH, NC—A Chicago contractor is facing seven years in prison after he admitted forging the name of an unwitting teenager to order and approve defective bridge parts for projects in North...


Power Plant Asbestos Draws 3 Felonies

Three people have pleaded guilty to their roles in what may have been the largest asbestos release in Michigan since record-keeping began, investigators announced.


Beloved Bridge Lost and Found

A 5,000-pound bridge that mysteriously vanished from a Michigan property has been reunited with its owner.


Painting JV Cleared; Suspension Lifted

The bird calmly stayed put—while the workers were there, and even after they left. And the one worker's lone fake card could have fooled anyone, especially in his stack of real ones.


Feds Suspend Painting JV for Fraud

An industrial painting joint venture has been suspended from government contract work following charges of destroying protected nesting sites and hiding employment of undocumented workers on...


Asbestos to Land Contractor in Prison

Six months in prison, followed by six months of house arrest, and a $10,000 fine await a South Carolina renovation company owner who contaminated a beach and oceanfront properties with asbes...


Menacing Contractor Admits Shakedown

A 67-year-old construction contractor may spend the rest of his life in prison after admitting that he forced his employees to kick back wages and assaulted a project manager at Fort Dix in ...


PG&E Faces 12 Felony Counts for Blast

Pacific Gas & Electric is being charged with 12 felonies in a criminal indictment for allegedly violating federal pipeline safety laws related to the deadly 2010 pipeline explosion in San Br...


Alleged Fraud Scheme Nets 42 Felonies

A former California contractor was charged with 42 felony counts after allegedly scamming his employees out of wages and raking in over $81,000, prosecutors announced.


Thief Busted by Green-Faced Giveaway

It’s not easy being green—especially for robbers doused with an invisible coating that turns them neon lime under ultraviolet light.


$71M Spent Before Navy Scrapped Sub

The U.S. Navy spent $71 million trying to repair a nuclear sub torched by a painter before deciding to scrap the vessel, a new report states.


Navy to Scrap Painter-Torched Sub

Unable to foot a $700 million repair bill, the U.S. Navy has decided to scrap a nuclear submarine severely damaged last year in a blaze set by a painter.


Heroic Workers Thwart Robbery Attempt

A construction crew is being hailed for their heroic actions after capturing a robbery suspect who allegedly threatened a store clerk with a gun before taking the contents of her cash regist...


900+ Charges Rock Construction Empire

A notorious Quebec heavy-construction magnate with a long history of corruption charges has been slapped with hundreds of tax-fraud charges that could land him behind bars with millions of d...


Coatings EHS Chief Held in $700K Fraud

A former coatings company manager has been indicted on 47 counts of fraud, accused of faking a side business to embezzle hundreds of thousands of dollars from his employer.


Feds Arrest ‘Godfather’ of Contracts

A Department of Defense employee and self-proclaimed “Godfather” of construction contracts at California's Camp Pendleton has been charged with extorting bribes for contracts, federal prosec...


2 Indicted in Ft. Dix Scheme

Two construction managers are each facing up to 55 years behind bars and $750,000 in fines in an alleged scheme involving kickbacks and violence during a reconstruction project at Fort Dix i...


Painter Gets 17 Years for Sub Arson

A civilian painter has been sentenced to 17 years in prison and $400 million in restitution after setting fire to a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine last May, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office ...


 
 
   

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