2 Businesses, 9 Individuals Charged with Improper Asbestos Removal

August 4, 2011 Updated Aug 4, 2011 at 11:40 PM EDT

By John Borsa

August 4, 2011 Updated Aug 4, 2011 at 11:40 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- Two Western New York companies and nine people have been charged with improper asbestos removal at the abandoned Kensington Heights.

Two City of Buffalo building inspectors and an official from the state labor department are among those charged.

"These defendents are accused of conspiring to violate the Clean Air Act, defraud the United States by among other things instructing workers to dump asbestos-containing debris down holes cut through the floor of the various buildings," said William Hochul, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York.

The indictment accuses of Johnson Contracting of WNY, Inc. of improperly removing asbestos.

The second company, JMD Environmental, Inc., failed to conduct proper air quality testing, according to the indictment.

City of Buffalo Building Inspectors Donald Grzebielucha and William Manuszewski are charged with making false inspection reports by certifying that all asbestos had been removed from the building.

An inspector with the New York State Department of Labor's Asbestos Control Bureau, Theodore Lehmann of Kenmore, is charged with concealing the improper asbestos abatement activities.