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PA ISSUING FALSE CFC CERTIFICATIONS LEADS TO GUILTY PLEA
Release Date: 06/27/97
FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 1997
ISSUING FALSE CFC CERTIFICATIONS LEADS TO GUILTY PLEA
Herman E. Brodzenski, of Canton, Ohio, pleaded guilty on June 19, in U.S. District Court for the Northern District in Cleveland, Ohio to charges of making false statements and conspiracy with respect to a scheme that resulted in the issuance of approximately 100 false chloroflurocarbon (CFC) technician certificates between June 1994 and November 1995. The certificates are required by federal law to ensure that individuals working on refrigeration equipment properly handle ozone-depleting refrigerants. The release of CFCs damages the earth’s ozone layer which protects people from ultraviolet radiation that can cause skin cancer and cataracts. Brodzenski, who worked as an exam proctor for training provided by Refrigerant Certification Services of Houston, Texas, admitted to issuing refrigerant technician certificates to individuals who had not taken required certification exams. When sentenced, Brodzenski could receive a maximum of up to 10 years in prison and/or fines of up to $500,000. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division.
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