published Friday, April 12th, 2013

Former manager handling injury safety reviews at TVA nuclear plants gets six years

A 55-year-old Louisiana man convicted on charges of major fraud while handling safety reviews at TVA nuclear sites has been sentenced to six and a half years in federal prison.

Walter Cardin, of Metairie, La., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Curtis Collier Thursday following a November trial on eight counts of major fraud.

TVA agents conducted a six-year investigation of work done at the agency’s Brown’s Ferry Nuclear site in Athens, Ala., the Sequoyah Nuclear site in Soddy Daisy, Tenn. and the Watts Bar Nuclear site in Spring City, Tenn.

Cardin wrote false injury rates used by the contractor Shaw Group to get safety bonuses of more than $2.5 million. As part of a civil agreement the contractor paid back more than twice the amount to TVA, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

For more see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

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Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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