BR man arrested for filing false Dept. of Environmental Quality documents
BATON ROUGE- A 49-year-old Baton Rouge man was arrested Thursday for filing false public documents.
Randy Gabriel Dobard was arrested for submitting a false asbestos abatement supervisor training certificate in an attempt to receive his accreditation from the Department of Enviromental Quality.
Under department regulations, individuals who work around asbestos and supervise asbestos abatement workers are required to go through training.
The training covers the physical characteristics of asbestos, the potential health effects related to asbestos exposure, medical monitoring, air monitoring and other health and safety topics.
To receive and maintain DEQ accreditation, workers and supervisors must submit an asbestos accreditation affidavit form, proof of training from a DEQ-approved training provider and an accreditation fee on an annual basis.
Dobard submitted the false training certificate on Apr. 18. It stated that he received training the week before from a New Orleans area training contractor.
Investigation by DEQ’s Criminal Investigation Division revealed that the document had a false certification number, false signatures and false training date.
The training contractor listed on the false documents confirmed that an asbestos supervisor training class was not taught on the dates listed.
“The training provided by these contractors, and accredited by DEQ, is designed to protect both the workers and the public from asbestos exposures during renovations and structure demolitions,” Dr. Chuck Carr Brown, DEQ Secretary, said. “Submitting false training credentials to an agency tasked with protecting human health and the environment compromises the integrity of the program. Such actions will not be tolerated by DEQ.”
Dobard could face up to five years in prison, or a fine of up to $5,000 or both.
Investigators with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and deputies with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division assisted in the case.