HR Strange But True!
March 31, 2011

A trainer who didn’t train, and trainees who didn’t want to be trained. Sounds strange but true, but some twists make it seem more like a movie script.

BLR’s Environmental Manager’s Compliance Advisor has reported about a Massachusetts woman who owned and operated a certified asbestos training school. In the early 2000s, her school offered training courses on a weekly basis at its facility. What’s strange?

Well, the school’s owner didn’t require that anyone attend the classes; as long as they paid, she would issue certifications of course completion. And she certified hundreds of no shows in the New England area to become certified asbestos removers, according to the federal EPA.

The trainer was happy; she got the money. The trainees were happy; they got certified and could skip the 4-day course so they wouldn’t miss out on pay.

But when the trainer got wind that the feds knew of her scam, she took off. After 19 months on the run, she was arrested in the Dominican Republic, where she now faces extradition. If convicted, she faces 5 years of imprisonment on each count, plus other charges of mail fraud from the scam that carry 20-year sentences. Hmmm, do you see Angelina Jolie as the lead?

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