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Investigation finds foundry metallurgist covered up submarine steel test failure

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Investigation finds foundry metallurgist covered up submarine steel test failures

SEATTLE — A metallurgist alleged to have covered up test failures of newly-produced steel used to build Navy submarines will soon be charged with committing major fraud against the United States, and the company she worked for had to pay $10.9 million in an effort to settle the case, federal prosecutors announced Monday.

A multiyear investigation by the defense and Naval criminal investigative services found Elaine Thomas, who worked for decades at a Tacoma foundry that manufactured steel for the country's submarine force, forged numbers for 30 years to make it appear the steel was strong and tough enough for service — when many times it wasn't.

Further, the feds allege Thomas' company, Bradken, Inc., did disclose the discrepancies in 2017 but did not disclose they'd occurred because of alleged fraud — all while the Navy scrambled to ensure submarines built with the Tacoma-produced steel were safe for continued operation. 

https://www.kitsapsun.com/story/news/2020/06/15/federal-prosecutors-metalurgist-covered-up-submarine-steel-failures-tacoma-foundry/3192966001/?fbclid=IwAR0GtaVhkffRSEoaVY5-sXghdk1gAyTncuaJUU2kYYVjIl_h-SQUEKa2-T0
 
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