State Obtains Conviction Against Dutchess County Asbestos Monitoring Company

Attorney General Spitzer and the State Department of Health today announced a conviction against Quantum Environmental Services and Technologies, Inc. of Hopewell Junction for failing to train its workers in asbestos monitoring and for falsifying employee training reports.

A 1999 investigation of Quantum by the Attorney General’s office and the Health Department concluded that the company knowingly filed false training records with the state over a period of at least two years running through the summer of 1999. Records seized in the investigation showed that about a dozen Quantum workers were on the job at asbestos removal sites when company training reports claimed they were attending state-mandated certification and licensing classes.

In a plea bargain today before Dutchess County Court Judge Thomas Dolan, Quantum pled guilty to one count of offering a false instrument for filing, a Class E felony. Under terms of the agreement, Quantum officials will also pay a $50,000 fine in 30 equal installments over the next two-and-a-half years.

In addition, the company will surrender all its state-issued permits and approvals allowing it to train workers in asbestos removal or asbestos removal monitoring under the state’s asbestos safety training regulations. Also, Quantum, its owner, Vincent Lander, and safety trainer, Paul Madigan, will no longer train workers in any aspect of asbestos removal or monitoring in New York State.

Sentencing has been scheduled for Feb. 16

The case was handled by Assistant Attorney General Rocky Piaggione and by Health Department Investigator George Estel.

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