March 6, 2018
Pennsylvania Man Charged With Falsely Certifying Bridge Inspection Vehicles
On March 6, 2018, Kenneth Mix of Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, was indicted in U.S. District Court, Hartford, Connecticut, on one count of making a false statement. The charge stems from his alleged role in creating false or fictitious Certificates of Unit Test/Examination of Material Handling Device for Under Bridge Inspection (UBI) vehicles.
UBI vehicles contain a movable boom with a platform. During an inspection, the vehicles are positioned on top of the bridge, and the boom lifts inspectors on the platform alongside or beneath a bridge deck. According to the indictment, Mix was the equipment supervisor for Company A, which rents or leases equipment, including UBI vehicles, to engineering companies and Government agencies for bridge inspection and maintenance projects.
The indictment alleges that from approximately January 2012 and January 2015, Mix helped to create false or fictitious certificates for the UBI vehicles in Company A's fleet. The certificates represented that the UBI vehicles had been examined in compliance with Federal requirements when Mix knew that no examinations had been conducted.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with the Department of Labor OIG, and the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut, is prosecuting the case.
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.