INVESTIGATING FRAUD; Federal Court Case Uncovers New Leads for Area Agents Improper Surveys, Fake Certificates for Training on Asbestos Abatement Come to Light
Patterson, Steve, The Florida Times Union
Byline: Steve Patterson, The Times-Union
Federal investigators have new leads about fraud in Florida's asbestos industry because of a Jacksonville federal court case that ended on April 22.
Agents from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found buildings where surveys for asbestos were done "fraudulently and improperly," a prosecutor wrote in a court record.
The investigators also have new information about people suspected of getting fake certificates for training on asbestos abatement, according to a sentencing motion by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Sciortino.
On both leads, authorities were helped by a Seminole County man who received probation for selling fake certificates. Edward Nunez, an asbestos consultant who owns a training company, cooperated with investigators after being tape-recorded making incriminating remarks.
Nunez didn't take part in the faulty asbestos inspections. He also didn't provide certificates to the people he's helping the EPA investigate.
Nunez told U.S. District Judge Timothy J. …