UTICA, NY — Homes, schools and various other businesses in Upstate New York who thought they were taking appropriate safety precautions to prevent asbestos exposure in their buildings were duped by an air monitoring company that falsified its results, according to a press release.
Certified Environmental Services Inc
., two of its managers and one of its employees were found to be guilty of conspiring to aid and abet Clean Air Act
violations, commit mail fraud and defraud the United States by a Utica, New York federal jury, the release stated.
"Because of the dishonest and illegal practices of this company, many people were left unaware for years of their possible exposure to asbestos," said Ignacia S. Moreno
, the assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division
of the Department of Justice
"Companies and employees will be fully investigated and prosecuted when they put the public''s health at risk by violating environmental laws," Moreno added.