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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 ...


Exec Pleads Guilty to Political Fraud

A former executive of a large, politically connected New Jersey engineering firm has pleaded guilty to helping the company disguise illegal political contributions over the last four years.


Chinese Firm Admits Paint Smuggling

A construction company controlled by the Chinese government has pleaded guilty to illegally exporting U.S.-made coatings to Pakistan for use on a nuclear reactor, the U.S. Justice Department...


Tagger Worked for Graffiti Cleaner

An enterprising tagger linked to more than 100 episodes of graffiti in Burbank, CA, also later cleaned up the damage as part of his work for a graffiti removal company that contracts with th...


Developer Guilty of Bilking Investors

A Washington State developer who promised ‘extraordinary returns’ on investments in his properties is headed to prison after his conviction on criminal charges.


Steel Pipe Scam Ends Behind Bars

A Missouri man has been sentenced to 21 months in prison in a multistate scheme to defraud steel pipe manufacturers.


Brothers Held in Stolen Bridge Caper

Turns out that unloading a hot 40-ton bridge isn’t as easy as it seems.


Feds Probe ‘Invisible Paint’ Graffiti

Federal authorities are investigating the defacing of several Southwest Airlines 737s with a special “invisible paint” that appears only after the plane is warmed with an auxiliary power uni...


Office Worker Charged with Pilfering $1.3 Million from Painting Contractor

A former secretary for a Murray, Utah, painting contractor has been indicted in federal court for allegedly stealing more than $1 million in customer payments, according to news reports.


TiO2 Secrets Stolen, Sent to China, DuPont Says

DuPont Co. has filed suit against two California firms and two individuals, alleging the sale of company information involving a specialty paint line to Chinese competitors.


IN Wastewater Exec, Managers Sentenced in Federal Felonies

Three former officials of Ecological Systems Inc. (ESI), a now-defunct environmental contractor that operated a major waste treatment facility in Indianapolis, have been sentenced in federal...


Shipper Fined $2.4M for Dumping, Lies

A federal judge has fined Cardiff Marine Inc. $2.4 million and placed the shipping company on three years’ probation after it pled guilty to a felony violation of the Act to Prevent Pollutio...


Vandals Leave Painter $260K+ Tab

Just months after spending more than $250,000 to clean up a fuel spill caused by vandals, Long Painting Company of Kent, WA, is facing two more bills: $10,000 to cover the state’s cleanup co...


2 MO Contractors Jailed for OSHA Violations

Two St. Louis masonry contractors have been ordered jailed for repeatedly failing to comply with court sanctions enforcing citations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


Valspar Spy Gets 15-Month Federal Prison Term

A former Valspar Corp. technical director has been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for stealing up to $20 million in formula secrets to share with Nippon Paint, his future employer.


GA Heist Nets $100K+ in Painting Equipment

A former supervisor for a Georgia industrial painting contractor is being sought in connection with the theft of more than $114,000 worth of trucks, trailers and painting equipment from his ...


EPA Fugitive Arrested in Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic authorities have arrested a Massachusetts woman who vanished after her 2008 federal-court conviction for running an asbestos-removal business built on hundreds of fraudule...


Environmental Firm, Managers Guilty of Fraud

A federal jury has found a New York environmental services company and three employees guilty of conspiring for nearly 10 years to falsify lab results and air-quality data.


NY Contractor Fined for Withholding Wages

A New York contractor has pleaded guilty to exploiting employees who did painting and other work for the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage State Park.


Contractor Indicted on Tax Charges

An Ohio contractor faces up to nine years in prison after being indicted on three counts of tax fraud.


‘Most Wanted’ Contractor Arrested

One of nine California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) “Most Wanted” suspects has been arrested on charges of diversion of construction funds and financial elder abuse. Unlicensed co...


Ex-Asbestos Training Head on EPA Wanted List

The Criminal Enforcement Division of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has added Albania Deleon to its fugitives web site.


 
 
   

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