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St. Louis: Asbestos inspector pleads guilty to false inspection reports

News release from the office of the U. S. Attorney

St. Louis, MO: Calvin Burks pleaded guilty to creating a fictitious asbestos inspection report on a building to be demolished in the City of St. Louis, Acting United States Attorney Michael W. Reap announced today.

Calvin Burks, owner of J &C Environmental Services, Incorporated, St. Louis, conducts asbestos inspections in the St. Louis metropolitan area. 

According to court documents, from approximately April 2008 through May 2009, Burks performed over 100 asbestos inspections of buildings in the City of St. Louis, that were to be demolished and charged a fee for the inspection and the analysis of suspect asbestos material.  Approximately 108 of the inspection reports Burks provided to the demolition contractors and/or building owners contained sample analysis which were on letterhead of Precision Analysis Testing Laboratory in St. Louis, even though Precision Analysis had not conducted the asbestos analysis or testing.  Burks copied the Precision Analysis letterhead from a previous job and falsified the additional information provided in the approximately 108 reports, including the sample analysis of suspect asbestos material.

Burks charged approximately $150 for the fraudulent inspections and sampling analysis which were then relied on by building contractors and owners when submitting asbestos NESHAP (National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants) notification of demolition and renovation to the City of St. Louis.  Based on this notification the City of St. Louis subsequently issued a demolition permit authorizing the demolition of a property at 6257- 6259 Gravois, St. Louis, MO. 

Burks, 57, St. Louis, 63115, pleaded guilty to one felony count of making false statements before United States District Judge Carol E. Jackson.

He now faces a a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000 when he is sentenced on March 9, 2010.

Reap commended the work on the case by Region 7 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Criminal Investigation Division, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources; and Special Assistant United States Attorney Anne Rauch, who is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s office.

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