Former Inspector Sentenced in Maine for Falsifying Hotel Bills on Bridge Project

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Former Inspector Sentenced in Maine for Falsifying Hotel Bills on Bridge Project

On November 30, 2018, Sheila Curtis, a former consultant fabrication inspector for HRV Conformance Verification Associates, Inc. (HRV), was sentenced in Maine Criminal Court, Franklin, Maine, to 90 days of incarceration and $30 in court fees. As part of a deferred disposition agreement with the Maine Attorney General’s Office, Curtis had paid restitution of $10,955.52 to HRV and $49,978.98 to the New York City DOT. On November 9, 2018, Curtis pleaded guilty to theft by deception and forgery.

The investigation revealed that Curtis worked for HRV, which the Maine Department of Transportation hired to perform inspection services on the federally funded Lisbon/Durham bridge project. HRV assigned Curtis to inspect materials fabricated at a plant in Kingfield, Maine. From June 2015, to October 2015, Curtis deceived HRV and the State of Maine by falsely creating the impression that she was staying at two hotels related to her work on the project. Curtis later admitted to seeking reimbursement for lodging expenses that she had not incurred by falsely making or altering hotel bills.

This case was prosecuted by the Maine Attorney General’s Office.

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