Concrete execs guilty of faking tests at Yankee Stadium and Freedom Tower

The Original Yankee Stadium

The Original Yankee Stadium

[Once Convicted, the media broke silence]

The owner of the city’s top concrete-testing firm was convicted Wednesday of faking tests at Yankee Stadium, the Freedom Tower and scores of hospitals and high-rises.

Reddy Kancharla – who built Testwell Laboratories into a $20million enterprise involved in virtually every major construction project in the city – faces 25years for the decade-long scam.

A Manhattan Supreme Court jury delivered a guilty verdict against Kancharla, Testwell Vice President Vincent Barone and the company itself after a week of deliberations.

The jury, which delivered verdicts on various counts in stages, had earlier acquitted the two men and the company of some lesser charges.

They also were convicted of dozens of other counts, including some that stemmed from falsified strength reports for the Second Ave. subway line.

“Testwell’s conduct was reprehensible … for its utter disregard for the safety of the public at large,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said.

A 50-count indictment listed 119 sites where Testwell faked results for tests that were never done or were performed improperly.

The city ordered retesting at the buildings, but only 22 of the 91 sites under the department’s jurisdiction have been retested and determined safe so far.

Kancharla’s lawyer, Paul Schechtman, said he will appeal.

mgrace@nydailynews.com

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