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Company and Employee Sentenced for Buying False Asbestos Training Certificates

Release Date: 01/16/2004
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Suzanne Ackerman 202-564-7819 /

(01/16/05) Macsons Inc. of Norfolk, Va., and its Contract Representative, William McCloud of Chesapeake, Va., were sentenced on Jan. 7 for purchasing false asbestos training certificates which they used to obtain asbestos abatement work. Macsons was ordered to pay a $100,000 fine and serve one year probation, and McCloud to pay a $12,000 fine and serve one year of probation. The defendants purchased false asbestos training certificates from F&M Environmental Technologies Inc. These certificates were used to obtain asbestos abatement contracts at Langley Air Force Base and NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., and at a number of other federal and state facilities in the Virginia area. The contracts were then performed using untrained workers. Proper training of workers handling asbestos is necessary to prevent human exposure to airborne asbestos fibers. Inhaling airborne asbestos fibers is a cause of lung cancer, the lung disease “asbestosis,” and mesothelioma, a cancer of the chest and abdominal cavities. The case was investigated by the Washington, D.C., Area Office of EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division, the FBI, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division, the Defense Contract Audit Office and the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation. It was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alexandria.