NYC construction firms accused of safety scam

JENNIFER PELTZ Associated Press Published:

NEW YORK -- Authorities in New York City say two companies used cooks, hairdressers and bellhops to sign construction inspection logs.

The companies are accused of using the names of licensed site safety managers, including one who was dead.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and city Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark Peters unveiled the case Wednesday.

Prosecutors say the defendants had unqualified people sign safety managers' names without their knowledge.

Avanti Building Consultants Inc., NYCB Engineering Group and three executives have pleaded not guilty. So have four people accused of signing the logs.

The charges include grand larceny.

The case is prompting tighter oversight of safety managers' documentation.

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