Burnet Co. building contractor charged with falsifying asbestos report

2-SYDNEY: A Construct CONTRACTOR IN THE HILL COUNTRY IS ARRESTED AND FACING CHARGES. 2-ROBERT: BURNET POLICE SAY HE ALTERED DOCUMENTS HE SUBMITTED TO THE CITY – ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF ASBESTOS INSIDE A PROPERTY HE WANTED TO SELL.KXA’S KAITLYN KARMOUT SHOWS US SOME OF THE EVIDENCE AGAINST HIM. THE RUN-DOWN YELLOW HOME AND APARTMENT UNITS ARE STILL STANDING .. COE PRATT HIRED A COMPANY TO COME OUT AND DETERMINE HOW MUCH ASBESTOS IS HERE – AND WHAT IT WOULD COST TO PROPERLY REMOVE AND DISPOSE OF IT.NOW PRATT IS BEHIND BARS, ACCUSED OF FALSIFYING THAT COMPAN’S REPORT.POLICE SAY HE MINIMIZED THE HEALTH RISK..AND LOWERED THE COST OF THE JOB BY NEARLY 16 THOUSAND DOLLARS .. HER’S A LOOK AT THE TWO VERSIONS SIDE-BY-SIDE.ON THE LEFT IS THE REAL REPORT – WHICH LISTS AREAS OF HIGH, MODERATE AND LOW CONCERN.ON THE RIGHT – YOU CAN SEE THE TEXT WAS ERASED, AND REPLACED WITH THE WORD “NONE.”ACCORDING TO THIS ARREST AFFIDAVIT JENKINS ENVIORNMENTAL DID THE ASBESTOS ASSESSMENT .. THEY ESTIMATED IT WOULD COST NEARLY 17 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO DO THE JOB RIGHT..BUT INVESTIGATORS SAY PRATT CHANGED THE REPORT TO SAY IT WOULD ONLY COST ABOUT 1000 DOLLARS. I TALKED TO THE GENERAL MANAGER OF JENKINS ENVIORNMENTAL .. HE SAYS IN HIS 30 YEARS OF DOING WORK LIKE THIS– A FALSE REPORT HAS NEVER HAPPENED-AND H’S BEEN IN CONTACT WITH THE STATE .. HE ALSO SAY PRATT NEVER EVEN PAID HIM FOR THAT ENVIORNMENTAL REPORT.THE LARGER ISSUE – HAD DEMOLITION WORK BEEN DONE BASED ON THE FALSIFIED REPORT … THOSE WHO WORK AND LIVE NEARBY – THEIR HEALTH COULD HAVE BEEN PUT IN DANGER OF ASBESTOS EXPOSURE. I Likewise FOUND OUT TODAY THE COMPANY PRATT MANAGES — CRAWFORD PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT OWNS THE TWO UNITS NEXT DOOR TO THIS YELLOW HOME .. THA’S ACCORDING TO THE CLINICAL MANAGER INSIDE ONE OF THEM – SETON HOME& HOSPICE HEALTH .. AND WE ALSO VERIFIED IT THROUGH TAX RECORDS.SH’S THANKFUL THE BUILDING IS STILL STANDING..ROBERT: OUR KXAN INVESTIGATIVE TEAM HAS BEEN LOOKING INTO PRATT FOR SEVERAL DAYS NOW – AFTER RECEIVING A TIP THAT HE LEFT JOBS INCOMPLETE AND OWES SUBCONTRACTORS A LOT OF MONEY. BURNET COUNTY RECORDS SHOW H’S BEEN SUED FOUR TIMES IN THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF FOR CONSTRUCTION RELATED REASONS. ACCORDING TO ONE OF THE LAWSUITS, HE STILL OWES A FRAMING COMPANY 24 -THOUSAND DOLLARS ..

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