NYC: Three top NYCHA execs lied about inspections right after public outcry over 2015 elevator death: DA

Three top managers of NYCHA’s elevator division regularly filed false reports claiming lifts had been inspected when they weren’t – even after a huge public outcry over the death of an elderly tenant in a horrific 2015 accident.

The administrators, each of whom pocketed six-figure salaries topping $106,000 and helped oversee NYCHA’s 3,314 elevators, surrendered to authorities Wednesday to face dozens of felony counts for lying.

From 2014 through June 2018, Derrick Graham, 49, Virgel Fincher, 51, and Alan Guadagno, 61, would sometimes sign off on preventive maintenance elevator inspections that hadn’t occurred, according to indictments unsealed by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.

Under pressure to meet goals for inspecting lifts, the trio lied on records 33 times during that time period, prosecutors alleged.



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