N.J. contractor jailed for substandard guardrails

Posted: September 12, 2007

A federal judge in Philadelphia sentenced a New Jersey contractor to prison for supplying substandard guardrails for Pennsylvania highway projects.

U.S. District Judge Legrome Davis sentenced George Smith Jr., 53, of Folsom, N.J., on Monday to 27 months in prison and ordered him to report to the federal Bureau of Prisons on Oct. 27.

Smith had pleaded guilty to defrauding the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation of more than $683,000 on projects involving parts of Woodhaven Road in Northeast Philadelphia, the West Chester Bypass in Chester County and Pottstown Pike in Montgomery County.

Doing business as Statewide Hi-Way Safety Inc., Smith used factory seconds and reconditioned steel to make guardrails for the projects, but provided false certification forms saying the materials were manufactured by a PennDot-authorized supplier to contract specifications, court papers said.

Davis ordered Smith to make restitution of $634,586 to PennDot and $15,598 to the state Office of Inspector General. - AP

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