Home detention for Md. man in flawed concrete case

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Posted: Dec 20, 2011 11:15 AM
Home detention for Md. man in flawed concrete case

A Hagerstown man who acknowledged approving substandard concrete products used in construction projects on Interstate 70 and the Capital Beltway has been sentenced to one year of home detention.

The U.S. Attorney's office said Monday that Santos Rivas must also pay $131,410 in restitution. He pleaded guilty in September to three counts of making false statements and faced up to 15 years in prison and $750,000 in fines.

Rivas was the quality-control director at Frederick Precast Concrete Inc. of Greencastle, Pa., when he signed off on the products. They were used at the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, which carries the Capital Beltway over the Potomac River, and an Interstate 70 interchange in Frederick County

The investigation began when a worker noticed that a structure cracked open at the I-70 job site.