Federal charges were charged on three former Firm Build executives for allegedly violating various hazardous waste laws and also for deliberately exposing the high school students to asbestos. Patrick Bowman, 44, Joseph Cuellar, 71 and Rudy Buendia III, 47 exposed the teenagers to asbestos, when they were asked to remove it from Automotive Training Center at Castle Commerce Center. They were also charged for giving false statements to San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District.
They were also charged with another nine violations of Clean Air Act and knowingly endangering lives due to asbestos exposure in California. If convicted, they could face 15 years in prison. The investigation was started in November 2009 by Merced County District Attorney’s Office.
Though the accused maintain their innocence, the investigation also included United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Criminal Enforcement.
The said victims were around 16-17 years of age and worked between September 2005 and March 2006 under the Firm Build’s directions. At that time all the three alleged accused was in key positions where they could have stopped this from occurring and thus increasing mesothelioma risk in California. Various Felony charges ranging from diversion and embezzlement of the construction funds to grand theft were also charged on them.
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