Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, joined by New York City Department of Investigation Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn and New York City Department of Buildings Commissioner Patricia J. Lancaster, FAIA, announced today the arrest of five individuals – including two licensed professional engineers – responsible for the alleged fraudulent filing of hundreds of official documents pertaining to construction or home renovation projects involving dozens of buildings in Queens County.
District Attorney Brown said, “Left undetected, the defendants’ alleged fraud could have potentially resulted in the collapse of some of the buildings involved or created fire hazards for neighboring structures. Cutting corners is not the same as cutting through red tape. The defendants’ alleged actions posed a serious risk of injury or even death to unwitting occupants. As a result of a joint investigation by the City’s Department of Investigation, Department of Buildings and my own Special Proceedings Bureau, those allegedly responsible have been apprehended and will be prosecuted and punished.”
FIVE INDIVIDUALS CHARGED WITH FILING HUNDREDS OF FRAUDULENT DOCUMENTS WITH CITY’S BUILDINGS DEPARTMENT