OSHA-Certified Instructor Admits Selling False Construction Safety Certification Cards
CAMDEN, N.J. – A certified Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) instructor today admitted selling more than 100 false safety certifications to New Jersey carpenters who never completed the required training, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Frederick Prinz, 38, of Marmora, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez in Camden federal court to an information charging him with making and selling fraudulent construction industry certification forms, known as “OSHA 30” cards.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
The “OSHA 30” training program provides construction workers with foundational knowledge and skills in occupational safety. Prinz was certified by OSHA’s Outreach Training Program (OTP) at the Rocky Mountain Education Center, in Red Rocks, Colorado, to issue workers “OSHA 30” cards after they passed a 30-hour OTP training course. For a fee of $150 to $250 per card, Prinz sold false “OSHA 30” certifications to carpenters who never completed the required training.
The violation charged carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 10, 2014.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the Department of Labor-Office of Inspector General, Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Cheryl Garcia, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.
The government is represented by V. Grady O’Malley, Senior Litigation Counsel of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Organized Crime/Gangs Unit in Newark.
Defense counsel: William J. Hughes Esq., Atlantic City, New Jersey