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October 10, 2012
Woman indicted for posing as OSHA employee

A 46-year-old woman, Connie M. Knight, has been indicted in federal court for impersonating a federal employee for the purpose of getting people to pay for fraudulent hazardous waste safety training.

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Knight was also charged with possessing false federal identification documents, creating such documents, and transferring them to her employees.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Knight presented herself as a master level five inspector and instructor, enticing people to pay for fraudulent training under the pretense that they would get work helping to clean up the Gulf.

Following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, many fisheries were closed, and people sought other sources of employment, including oil spill cleanup. All were required to complete hazardous waste training.

The DOJ says Knight defrauded approximately 1,000 individuals throughout the state’s Eastern District. She targeted members of the Southeast Asia communities in southern Louisiana, many who do not read or speak English proficiently.

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