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VIRGINIA MAN AND COMPANY PLEAD TO FALSIFYING ASBESTOS TRAINING CERTIFICATES

Release Date: 12/03/99
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FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, DEC. 3, 1999

VIRGINIA MAN AND COMPANY PLEAD TO FALSIFYING
ASBESTOS TRAINING CERTIFICATES


Omar Gonzalez and his company Industrial Training Support Services (ITSS), both of Richmond Va., pleaded guilty on November 16, in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to falsifying training certificates required to certify individuals to remove asbestos. Gonzalez also pleaded guilty to evading federal income taxes. Between January 1994 and August 1996, ITSS issued training certificates to asbestos workers who had not completed the safety training required to obtain the certificates. When sentenced, Gonzalez faces
a maximum of up to 10 years in prison and/or fines of up to $600,000 plus full restitution of taxes which are owed. ITSS faces a maximum fine of up to $500,000, when sentenced. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division, the EPA Office of Inspector General, the FBI, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the General Services Administration Office of Inspector General, and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service, and was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.


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