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OSHA Card Fraudster May Get 5 Years

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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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 principals.

George Bello, 44, of Rochelle Park, NJ, pleaded guilty Thursday (June 11) to making false statements in the creation and sale of Occupational Safety and Health Administration certification forms, known as “OSHA-30” cards, according to U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.

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Many states and general contractors require an OSHA 10-hour or 30-hour card on certain construction sites. The defendants promoted the bogus cards at jobsites, prosecutors said.

Bello faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced Sept. 21.  

100+ Bogus Cards

Bello and certified OSHA inspector Frederick Prinz, 38, sold safety certifications to New Jersey carpenters who did not pass the required safety courses between February 2011 and July 2012, according to court documents.

Authorities say the men sold more than 100 false cards during that time, charging $150 to $250 per card.

The fees were split among Bello, Prinz and others who promoted the fraudulent cards at various jobsites, prosecutors said.

Co-Conspirator Sentenced

Prinz had been certified by OSHA’s Outreach Training Program at the Rocky Mountain Education Center in Red Rocks, CO, to issue OSHA-30 cards after workers attended and passed a 30-hour OTP training course.

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Fraudulent distribution of the OSHA training cards constitutes a federal offense.

He previously pleaded guilty to his role in the scheme and was sentenced in January to two years of probation.

Many states and general contractors require an OSHA 10-hour or 30-hour card for workers on certain construction sites.

The 10-hour class is intended for entry-level workers, while the 30-hour class is more appropriate for supervisors or workers with some safety responsibility.


Tagged categories: Criminal acts; Enforcement; Ethics; Health & Safety; Health and safety; North America; OSHA; Worker training

Comment from Anna Jolly, (6/17/2015, 11:55 AM)

I am glad to see these people be identified and punished. It has caused more rules and paperwork for Outreach Trainers, but in the long run probably a good thing.

Comment from jim dolan, (6/18/2015, 2:11 PM)

I would like to know what he was actually given by the courts. Just to see if it was an actual punishment!

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