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Asbestos inspectors charged with not doing inspection, lying about what they found

ABC7 Eyewitness News

GRAMERCY PARK, Manhattan (WABC) -- More than a dozen inspectors in New York City are charged with either not doing an inspection, or lying about what they found. What is worse is that prosecutors say the investigators may have put the health of workers at risk at thousands of construction sites in New York City.

The inspectors are all charged with failing to inspect hundreds of construction sites, then falsely certifying them as safe or misrepresenting lab results to conceal asbestos findings.

City Investigation Commissioner Mark Peters said, "the defendants are charged with falsifying paperwork about citywide asbestos inspections, potentially threatening the health of all those who live and work near these properties, and highlighting the need for more oversight in this area."

The 17 private asbestos inspectors are under criminal indictment for falsely certifying literally thousands of construction sites in Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island in the past year, alone.

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