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February 25, 2013
Woman who posed as OSHA official pleads guilty

Connie M. Knight, who impersonated an OSHA hazardous waste safety instructor and inspector, pleaded guilty in federal court to three felony criminal charges and one misdemeanor. Knight faked her credentials in order to collect money from people who hoped to work on the Gulf oil spill cleanup effort.

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The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor and Environmental Protection Agency, with assistance from OSHA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and other agencies.

According to the FBI, Knight created a false federal ID badge that described her as an OSHA Master Level V instructor and inspector. In fact, OSHA has no such designation. Knight also created false IDs for her employees, who thought they were working for OSHA. As residents of Southeast-Asian fishing communities in Southern Louisiana, the employees gave Knight access to those communities.

Knight held fake training seminars at a cost of between $150 and $400 per class, assuring participants they would find lucrative employment after completing the training.

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