At least six building inspectors were found to accept bribes in return for ignoring violations and expediting building/construction permits. Not only is this practice illegal, it jeopardizes the safety of all the future building occupants. The inspectors were caught on videotape taking bribes during an investigation.
The charges occurred after a two-year investigation into an unrelated New Jersey case involving drugs, gambling, and the Luchese mob. It was while observing certain suspects that investigators heard about the other bribery ploys. They found that the building inspectors where willing to look the other way for $50 to $100, which could stop construction processes.
On duty, the officers also caught the inspectors selling prescription drugs such as OxyCotin and Vicodin. The Manhattan District and The New York City Police Department both conducted the probe together.
Given the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reports high level of fatal occupational injuries, the violations an bribery involving in construction permits would further harm residents of New York City. It is the job of the building inspector to ensure all rules and regulations are being met and that construction buildings and sites are secured.
Investigators noted that the majority of the corruption took place in the Bronx. Fortunately, the violators were caught before any serious harm or injury could occur.
At The Perecman Firm, we believe that all lives and health are precious. If you were harmed because a building inspector failed to do his or her job, you can be eligible for compensation. Contact our New York personal injury attorneys today to schedule a free consultation. We will help review your case and find the best solution for your situation. Call today.