Building inspectors charged for taking bribes to speed up projects
A two-year probe by the Department of Investigations led to the indictment of 50 building inspectors and construction industry employees for allegedly receiving bribes in order to speed up construction projects, Reuters reported on February 10.
Investigation revealed that two city building agencies were involved in the bribery scheme – the New York City’s Department of Buildings and the Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). The investigation further uncovered at least 26 separate instances of bribery, where city inspectors received bribes from construction expeditors to overlook building problems and hasten construction. The investigation also revealed that some employees in the HPD were found guilty of deleting records of safety issues in order for the landlords to sell their properties.
Contractors who are eager to cut corners just to expedite a project might also compromise the safety of workers for a speedy construction. If you have been hurt because of employer negligence while working at a construction site in New York, you can take legal steps to pursue justice and compensation. Speak with an attorney at Hach & Rose, LLP, by calling 866-LAWS-USA today.