- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Authorities say a consultant has been sentenced to prison for facilitating fraudulent safety inspections at New York City construction sites.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. says Richard Marini will spend one to three years in prison. He pleaded guilty to grand larceny in October.

The prosecutor says more than 40 active construction sites were left unchecked by qualified inspectors.

Marini advertised for interns through Craigslist and similar sites. He hired short order cooks, window treatment specialists, hotel bellhops, hairdressers, eBay vendors and a musician.

He instructed them to go to job sites and sign the safety logs. Sometimes they used the names of licensed site safety managers without their knowledge. In some instances, they used a dead person’s name.

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