Monday, May 4, 2009

Expeditor charged with filing fraudulent DOB paperwork

From the Times Newsweekly:

The president of an expediting business was arrested on charges of faxing a phony document to her client, an architect, to make it appear that the City Department of Buildings (DOB) had approved the architect's construction job when it had not, it was announced.

Commissioner of the New York City Department of Investigation (DOI) Rose Gill Hearn identified the defendant as Marah Howard, 28, the President of Diversified Building Services, an expediting company in Fresh Meadows.

According to the criminal complaint, in November 2008, a Brooklyn based architect hired Howard's company to expedite the filing of necessary documents with the DOB.

On Jan. 6, after receiving repeated complaints from the architect about her company's delay in filing those documents, Howard faxed the architect a purported print-out of DOB's web page, falsely stating that DOB had approved the architect's submitted application for a residential construction job on 14th Street in Brooklyn.

The architect later received the necessary approval from DOB to renovate the building's interior.


Dogman said...

Didn't the School Construction Authority do the same thing on the Maspeth High School?

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, she performed the same deceit with a plumbing company located in Manhattan.

She was reported to the Department of Investigations, which lead to her surrendering her expeditor's license.