The former quality control manager at Universal Concrete, which is located in West Pottsgrove Township, admitted in federal court to falsifying test results on concrete used as part of a $5.8 billion expansion of the Washington, D.C., Metro system.
According to an Aug. 3 report in The Washington Post, Andrew Nolan, 28, testified in federal court in Alexandria, Va., that “I falsified data recording for concrete testing for the air quality of the concrete, and I instructed others to do the same,” writes Evan Brandt in the Pottstown Mercury.
The Justice Department and the state of Virginia are suing Universal Concrete, located at 400 Old Reading Pike in Stowe, for falsifying records and delivering pre-cast concrete panels that did not meet project specifications as part of a contract worth $6.1 million to the company.
The lawsuit was filed under seal on March 29, 2016, by Nathan Davidheiser, who worked for Universal as a lab technician in the quality control division from July 2015 to February of 2016, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleges that when Davidheiser brought his concerns about incorrect data to Nolan, “Nolan instructed Davidhsier to let the engineers pour — and ultimately put to use in the Dulles project — the non-conforming batch of concrete regardless of the test results.”
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