WANTED-Andover woman convicted of selling false asbestos abatement training.
Boston, MA (MesotheliomaCancerNews.Com) — The United States Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) www.epa.gov declared Albania Deleon, a 39 year-old Andover, Massachusetts woman, a federal environmental fugitive on Thursday. As reported by the Boston Herald, Deleon failed to appear in court for federal sentencing on March 23, 2009. The federal EPA fugitive was convicted by a jury in federal court last year on 28 counts of fraud which included false asbestos abatement training certificates. She faced up to 20 years in federal prison for falsifying federal certification and paying employees off the record for asbestos removal work through her temporary employment agency.
Court documents reveal U.S. prosecuting attorneys were asking the judge to sentence Deleon to seven years prison time for asbestos removal fraud. The Essex County fugitive was convicted of selling false asbestos abatement training certificates to hundreds of illegal aliens. Asbestos is a toxic material known to cause serious illness and numerous cancers like mesothelioma lung cancer. Federal and state regulations require asbestos construction workers, who remove and handle asbestos containing materials and products, must be trained to demolish and salvage the toxic products. Asbestos laborers must have training certificates and file with state Division of Occupational Safety to work in the asbestos abatement industry.
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