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.


Man Shot On Glass Street Early Friday Morning

A man was shot early Friday morning on Glass Street.   Chattanooga Police responded at approximately 2:30 a.m. to  2211 Glass Street (corner of Glass Street and Dodson Avenue) for  a call of a person shot and upon arrival found a single individual suffering from a single gunshot wound.  The victim was found at 2208 Glass Street (J and J Lounge). ... (click for more)

Harrison Home Destroyed By Fire Thursday Night

A home in Harrison was destroyed by fire Thursday night.  At  10 p.m. , a 911 call was made reporting a house fire at 10445 Sims Harris Road. The Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department responded and reported 75% of the house was involved with fire.  Since the house was so involved with fire, firefighters conducted a defensive attack to contain the fire. ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Has Always Been A Battleground Between Good And Evil

From the thousands slain in nearby Chickamauga Battlefield during the Civil War…  To the launching point of the Cherokee Indian’s Trail of Tears…  To the lunch counter sit-ins led by Howard School students — the only high school student sit-ins in the nation — during the Civil Rights Movement…  To Walter Cronkite calling the polluted Southern industrial town ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our 92-Year-Old Victim

It is with great pride, and far greater relief, that I can report a “caretaker” is far different than a “boyfriend.” A story out of Memphis earlier this week morphed into a virtual fireball that had such power it appeared on the front page on a London newspaper and other news outlets all around the world when it was reported by the Associated Press a 28-year-old man had assaulted ... (click for more)

Baylor Girls Lose In State Basketball Semifinals, 69-61

NASHVILLE -- The third time wasn't the charm for the Baylor Lady Red Raiders. Facing the Brentwood Academy Lady Eagles in the semifinals of the D-II Class AA girls state basketball tournament at Lipscomb University, Baylor came up short for the third time this season against the Lady Eagles by a 69-61 final score. It was a see-saw affair with seven ties and 13 lead changes, ... (click for more)

UTC Men Edge VMI in Double Overtime, 86-82

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---The Chattanooga Mocs picked up a crucial road win in thrilling fashion, 86-82 in double overtime, at VMI. Chattanooga improves to 21-9, 14-3 in the Southern Conference, while the hosts fall to 11-17, 7-10 in league play. “It wasn’t pretty by any stretch of the imagination,” coach Will Wade said. “Good teams find a way to win, and we found a way to win. These ... (click for more)