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Concrete Company's Indictment Calls Several New Buildings into Question
Thursday, October 30, 2008
New York, NY —
Buildings inspectors are testing the concrete of scores of new buildings in all five boroughs, after a Manhattan grand jury indicted one of the region's biggest concrete testing companies for falsifying test results.
Department of Investigation Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn's agency worked with Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau on the investigation of Testwell Group.
The company tested the concrete of several high-profile construction projects, including the new Yankee Stadium, and the Freedom Tower.
HERN: I think I and any citizen would be deeply concerned to learn that companies that test concrete or steel that is holding up our building are now charged with lying about the results and cutting corners. It is terribly alarming to people.
REPORTER: Prosecutors say buildings officials have not found any structure at risk in the buildings they've identified so far in their probe.