A former official with the Tennessee Valley Authority has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison for lying about worker injuries, the Associated Press reports.
Walter Cardin, a 55-year-old safety manager for The Shaw Group, was convicted of lying about worker injuries at TVA nuclear facilitiesâSequoyah, Watts Bar, and Brownâs Ferryâbetween 2004 and 2006, allowing Shaw to collect $2.5 million in safety bonuses.
According to the testimony of some employees, medical treatment was delayed or denied as a result of the fraud.
Cardin was convicted of the fraud in November last year. A U.S. District Court judge has found that he had testified falsely at trial in denying knowledge that safety bonuses were tied to his classification of injuries; emails sent by Cardin indicate he was lying.
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