FourFourtwo U.S. engineers and a civil engineer have been charged with felony fraud in a massive $6 billion bridge construction fraud case that could have sent the nation into a financial crisis.
The U.N. Working Group on Structural Engineering and Civil Engineering was investigating how the U.K. collapsed a bridge in 2012 and the US. collapsed in the same year to find out what went wrong.
The U.C. San Diego and Arizona engineers were the lead investigators.
The three men were charged Monday in a Los Angeles federal court.
The indictment says the men were aware that the bridge would collapse in a way that would cause more than $1 billion in damage and that the engineers’ knowledge of how the bridge should have collapsed led to the failure.
U.S.-based engineering firm Axiom, which has been hired to design and build the Ucsb, told FourFour2 that it was unaware of the case when it was approached in late 2017 to investigate a project to build a new bridge over the San Francisco Bay.
The San Francisco Giants’ Giants Stadium is seen in the distance on Oct. 25, 2019 in San Francisco, Calif.
The San Francisco 49ers play the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2020.
The Giants Stadium was built in 1936 to replace the old San Francisco Municipal Railway line.
The 49ers and the Giants have played there since the 1950s.
The 49ers declined to comment on Monday.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office declined to say how many counts were filed in the case.
The civil engineer at Axiom told FourFoursome that he did not know the identity of the person who would be charged.