TN Man Charged with Faking Safety Inspections

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 @ 05:03 PM gHale


A Hixson, TN, man is facing federal charges of falsifying paperwork at a nuclear power plant.

Matthew David Correll, 31, faces two counts of making false statements, according to the indictment. Correll falsified documents, claiming he had measured and inspected electrical work for a safety system at the Watts Bar Nuclear facility, according to the indictment.

The indictment said Correll never made the measurements or the inspections he claimed in the TVA-required forms.

“We always take the falsification of federal records very seriously, especially given the nature of these records at these facilities. Cutting corners on the construction of our nuclear power plants is a serious matter. Our prosecution will be vigorous and thorough,” said U.S. Attorney Bill Killian said in a release.

If convicted of both counts, Correll faces up to 10 years in prison, $500,000 in fines and 6 years of supervised release.

Correll entered a not guilty plea in federal court.



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