Concrete-Test Co. Guilty in NYC Landmarks Case

Company tested concrete for landmarks like new Yankee Stadium

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010  |  Updated 3:30 PM EDT
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Concrete-Test Co. Guilty in NYC Landmarks Case

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NEW YORK - APRIL 17: A view of Yankee Stadium from center field during the New York Yankees game against the Cleveland Indians on April 17, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Many of the high priced seats behind home plate remained empty during the game. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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A company that tested concrete for such New York City landmarks as the new Yankee Stadium has been convicted of racketeering for faking results.

        A jury found Testwell Laboratories Inc., its president and a vice president guilty Wednesday of enterprise corruption. It's the state's version of racketeering.
       
Testwell was accused of doctoring concrete and steel test results for more than 100 projects.
       
City officials say the stadium and more than 20 other projects have been retested and pronounced safe.
       
Testwell said the allegations reflected contract disputes, honest errors and common industry practices -- not crimes.
       
The company and President V. Reddy Kancharla were convicted earlier of lesser charges.

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