Engineer falsified steel analysis results for submarine hulls

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Engineer Helene Thomas, who served as the head of the metallurgical department at the Takoma foundry, which made steel for submarine hulls, for over 30 years tampered with alloy strength test results.

Now 67-year-old Thomas pleaded guilty that from 1985 to 2017 forged the results of analysis of 240 batches of steel for submarine hulls, so that the plant’s products meet customer standards. The owners of Bradken Inc., who acquired the foundry in 2008, were unaware of what Thomas was doing until May 2017, when a factory lab worker became suspicious. Thomas was fired, and at first she denied her guilt, but under the pressure of irrefutable evidence, she confessed to the crime. Bradken claimed responsibility for the fraud and agreed to pay the Department of Defense $ 10.8 million in compensation in 2020.

Models made from these batches of steel were not disclosed, but the Navy said that while no incidents of substandard steel have been reported, as a precaution, “serious steps” have been taken to ensure the safe operation of the submarines. This has led to increased costs for periodic maintenance and checking the reliability of substandard components.

If Thomas is found guilty, she faces a $ 1 million fine and up to 10 years in prison.

Published in the newspaper “Moskovsky Komsomolets” No. 0 dated November 30 -0001

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