By Shayna Jacobs
MANHATTAN SUPREME COURT — The head of the company that tested concrete at the Freedom Tower, Yankee Stadium and the Second Avenue Subway project was convicted on Wednesday for faking tests.
V. Reddy Kancharla, owner and president of Testwell Laboratories, was accused of drafting phony construction records and lying about tests that were never performed on materials used in skyscrapers and other large construction jobs.
“For the past decade, Testwell has been involved in nearly every single construction project erected in New York City,” Assistant District Attorney Diana Florence said during opening statements in December.
The jury issued a partial verdict, and remained undecided about enterprise corruption, the most serious charge against the construction executive that carries a 25-year prison term.
The jury was expected to resume deliberations on that charge Thursday.
The jury hasn't reached a verdict on the company's vice president, Vincent Barone.
A manager with the company, Wilfredo Sanchez was acquitted of all charges.