Arun Venugopal is a reporter and the creator of Micropolis, WNYC’s multi-platform series examining race, sexuality, religion, street life and other issues that define New York City. He has been with the station since 2005, and has covered a wide range of stories, including the death of Sean Bell, the controversy over the Park 51 mosque and community center and Occupy Wall Street .
Trial Begins for NY Concrete-Testing Company
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
It's the first day of a trial of a concrete testing company, accused of faking results for some of the city's biggest construction projects.
Testwell Laboratories allegedly cut corners by fabricating test results used to determine the strength of concrete. The prosecution says this happened on 102 building projects, including the new Yankee stadium, JFK's Jet Blue terminal, and the Freedom Tower at Ground Zero.
The prosecution says the company's owner, V. Reddy Kancharla, oversaw a scheme that resulted in thousands of tests being doctored, and that the company billed clients even when its inspectors were off the job. But Kancharla's lawyer says the company merely made mistakes and was transparent about it.
The trial is expected to last for months.