Former Terrebonne School District Asbestos Contractor faces Federal Charge
Marc Victoriano, a 46-year-old Covington man, and his company, Professional Safety Consultants, submitted 56 invoices to TPSB with fraudulent asbestos laboratory reports, including false air monitoring and false asbestos testing reports to the Terrebonne Parish School Board (TPSB) from January 2015 and continuing through 2017, according to a recent federal indictment.
He was charged in federal court in a one-count indictment for theft from a program receiving federal funds.
Victoriano submitted nine invoices to TPSB for Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) reports with forged signatures and accreditation information, the U.S. Attorney’s Office says.
TPSB paid Victoriano approximately $212,618.26, which he was not entitled, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 666(a)(1)(A), prosecutors say.
If convicted, Victoriano will face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000.00 fine.
Victoriano is scheduled to be arraigned on Feb. 27 in New Orleans.
“The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act is designed to protect our schools from hazardous air pollutants,” said Special Agent in Charge Christopher Brooks of EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division in Louisiana. “Today’s indictment demonstrates that individuals who intentionally violate federal laws will be held responsible for their crimes.”