A former owner of Environmental Compliance Training (ECT ), the largest asbestos training school in the United States, has reportedly been sentenced to 87 months in prison and ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS ) for selling thousands of fraudulent training certificates to illegal aliens and others who never attended mandatory training courses on asbestos abatement. United States v. Deleon, No. 7-10277 (D. Mass. sentenced 9/13/11).
Many of these individuals then filed certificates with the Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety to be authorized to work in the asbestos abatement industry, according to reports. Court documents reflect that the defendant employed many of these individuals to participate in asbestos abatement projects in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and other states, paying most of them “under the table” without withholding taxes. Following a three-week trial in November 2008, defendant was convicted of one count of conspiracy to make false statements, five counts of making false statements, 16 counts of procuring false payroll tax returns, and five counts of mail fraud. See BNA Daily Environment Report, September 14, 2011.