A federal court in Louisiana has indicted an individual for allegedly impersonating an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) trainer to entice people to pay her for fraudulent hazardous-waste safety training. The indictment also charges defendant Connie Knight with possessing false federal identification documents, creating false federal identification documents and transferring false federal identification documents to her employees.

According to the indictment, from August to December 2010, defendant defrauded more than 1,000 individuals in the state by creating and using fraudulent OSHA credentials, along with numerous false diplomas and certifications to convince individuals that she was an authorized trainer and that they would be able to undertake lucrative cleanup work if they attended and paid for her hazardous-waste training courses.

The charges of producing and transferring fraudulent federal identification documents each carry a maximum prison sentence of 15 years and a $250,000 fine. The charge of possessing a fraudulent federal identification document carries a maximum prison sentence of one year and a $5,000 fine. The 19 counts of falsely impersonating a federal employee each carry a maximum prison sentence of three years and a $250,000 fine. See Department of Justice News Release, September 26, 2012.