Federal Jury Convicts Former TVA Contract Manager Of Major Fraud

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Following a 12-day trial in U.S. District Court, a jury convicted Walter Cardin, 55, of Metairie, La., of eight counts of major fraud against the United States.

Sentencing is set for 2 p.m. on Feb. 21, 2013, in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga. Cardin faces a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million for each offense.

The jury heard evidence that Cardin, as safety manager for the Shaw Group (formerly Stone & Webster Construction), at Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Brown’s Ferry Nuclear Site in Athens, Ala., provided false and misleading information about injuries at that facility as well at TVA’s Sequoyah Nuclear Site in Soddy Daisy, and TVA’s Watts Bar Nuclear Site near Spring City.

 The Shaw Group had a contract with TVA to provide maintenance and modifications to the three facilities and to provide construction for the Brown’s Ferry Unit Number 1 reactor restart. Cardin was convicted of generating false injury rates which were used by the Shaw Group to collect safety bonuses worth over $2.5 million from TVA. He was also convicted of providing the false numbers at the three plants in 2004 and 2005, and at the Brown’s Ferry and Sequoyah plants in 2006. The jury heard evidence of over 80 injuries, including broken bones, torn ligaments, hernias, lacerations, and shoulder, back, and knee injuries were not properly recorded by Cardin. As part of a civil agreement filed with the United States in 2008, the Shaw Group paid back twice the amount of the ill-gotten safety bonuses.

“These convictions will put all Tennessee Valley Authority contractors on notice that criminal violations to maximize profits with TVA will not be tolerated in the Eastern District of Tennessee,” said U.S. Attorney Bill Killian.

The case was investigated by the TVA-Office of Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Perry H. Piper and Gregg L. Sullivan represented the United States at trial.


Harrison Man Charged In Sullivan County Drug Thefts

A Harrison man has been indicted by a Grand Jury in Sullivan County on 61 counts of narcotics by fraud and theft charges. The Kingsport Police Department said Michael Todd Burkhart, 48, of Bayshore Drive, was a former nurse at Kingsport. He was charged in connection with missing medication from the Cath Lab of a Kingsport hospital. Police said in September 2013, the pharmacy ... (click for more)

Tennessee State Trooper Arrests Clarksville Man On Drug Charges In Marion County

A Tennessee state trooper initiated a traffic stop on Tuesday that resulted in the drug arrest of a Clarksville man in Marion County. Trooper George Stephens stopped a 2009 Nissan Sentra after observing the vehicle was following too closely on Interstate 24 westbound near the 153 mile marker at approximately 8 a.m. on Tuesday. Upon initial contact, the trooper noticed ... (click for more)

Shelley Andrews Will Be Missed

Shelley Andrews was one of the kindest, most thoughtful and most effective laborers in our community.  Her work with the Friends of Moccasin Bend was exemplary.  She listened, she learned and she led with dignity and class. Her brave battle with ovarian cancer was a testament to her positive spirit and commitment to her work on behalf of the people of this region. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: He’s Exempt From Drunk

I love the old story about a popular Senator who, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, was asked late one evening, “Sir, what if we get bombed?” to which came the quick reply, “I’d be absolutely delighted … I can get one of my aides to drive us home afterwards.” You think of stuff like that when word comes from Kentucky that state legislator Brandon Smith was caught driving erratically ... (click for more)

UTC Softball Team Prepares for 2015 Season

It’s nine days to the season opener – Plainsman Invite (Auburn, Ala.) – and the UTC Indoor Softball Facility at Warner Park was alive with the sounds of batting and infield practice Wednesday afternoon as the 20 Lady Moc players plus coaches were on hand for 2015 Media Day. Located in their familiar spot as pre-season Southern Conference favorites, UTC returns a strong ... (click for more)

CFC Begins Tryouts Saturday

Chattanooga Football Club is excited to announce their first tryout for this next summer season. This Saturday marks the beginning of the 2015 campaign for a National Title.   “Last season was amazing- highlighted with CFC hosting a crowd of over 9,000 at Finley stadium and then playing for the National Title in New York’s Red Bull Stadium,” said General Manager Sean ... (click for more)