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Elaine Thomas, 67, the former Director of Metallurgy at Bradken Inc., has pled guilty of falsifying test results that measure the strength and toughness of steel used in U.S. Navy submarines. Bradken supplies the Navy with cast high-yield steel for submarines, and its Tacoma, Washington, foundry produces castings that contractors use to build submarine hulls. This steel must meet standards for strength and toughness. Over 30 years, the foundry produced many castings that failed lab tests. Thomas falsified test results for more than 240 productions of steel that had been delivered to the Navy with indication the productions had passed testing.
- Bradken management was unaware of the fraud until May 2017
- At that time, a lab employee discovered test cards were altered and other discrepancies existed in records.
- In June 2020, Bradken entered into a deferred prosecution agreement accepting responsibility for the offense and agreeing to take remedial measures.
- Bradken also settled in a civil judgement, paying $10,896,924 to resolve allegations the foundry produced and sold substandard steel components for U.S. Navy submarines.
- The Navy says it has taken “extensive steps” to ensure the safety of the affected submarines, at significant cost.
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