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Concrete Tests Faked Again, Officials Charge

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In 2008, a company hired to test the strength of the concrete used at major public works projects in New York, including the Second Avenue subway and the new Yankee Stadium, falsified results, prosecutors concluded, and construction executives scrambled to find a replacement.\r\n\r\nOn Thursday, the company they selected, its owner and five employees were arraigned on charges of doing the very same thing on those two projects and hundreds of others.\r\n

In fact, none of the nearly 3,000 test reports that investigators seized from the replacement company, American Standard Testing and Consulting Laboratories, contained legitimate test results, according to one person briefed on the inquiry that led to the charges.

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"The volume of fabricated tests is egregious," the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., said in announcing the charges. "It was systemic; it was pervasive."...Read More

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