OWNER AND OPERATOR OF ASBESTOS REMOVAL TRAINING COURSE PLEADS GUILTY TO PROVIDING FALSE CERTIFICATIONS
Defendant Admits He Provided Certifications for those who Never Took Course
The owner of a company that provided federally-mandated training for construction firms working with asbestos pleaded guilty today to falsifying documents as part of a scheme to violate the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes. ISAAC COLE, 54, of Kent, Washington, owns and operates Cole and Associates, Inc., a business licensed by Washington State to provide asbestos training courses for asbestos workers and supervisors in exchange for a course enrollment fee. COLE admitted in his plea agreement that he took additional fees to provide falsified certifications to people he knew had not actually taken the course. Sentencing before U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour is scheduled for January 13, 2017…….