A federal grand jury has returned a 16-count indictment against two asbestos removal contractors and their companies on conspiracy charges and violations of the Clean Air Act, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced Thursday.
Charged are former Buffalo Bills fullback Sean P. Doctor, 46, and Raj Chopra, 48, both of Grand Island, and the companies they own and operate, S.D. Specialty Services and Comprehensive Employee Management.
Hochul said Doctor and S.D. Contracting also are charged with substantive violations of the Clean Air Act on asbestos abatement projects in Buffalo at the Roosevelt Park Shelter, the Graystone Building on Johnson Park South and several vacant houses on Grant Street between 2009 and 2011.
The indictment said asbestos waste also was improperly stored in a large closed box container at company headquarters at 1815 Love Road, Grand Island.
Doctor and Chopra are charged additionally with conspiring to defraud the New York State Insurance Fund of about $195,000 in workmen's compensation premiums by claiming that their employees were clerical workers instead of asbestos workers.