NYSSPE April 2017 Update – Man Indicted for Falsely Utilizing Architect and Engineering Stamps

The above video is a New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) legislative update on the recent indictment of Paul J. Newman of Cohesion Studios Inc. in Rensselaer, New York who has been accused of falsely acting as a licensed and registered architect, fraudulently stamping more than 1,000 project plans and inspection reports.  He also fraudulently utilized a professional engineer’s stamp. The video is presented by Anthony Fasano, P.E. NYSSPE Executive Director and NYSSPE Legislative Counsel Mark Kriss, Esq.

Here is a time-stamped breakdown of the video to make it easier to find the sections of interest to you:

  • [0:06] A. Fasano gives an overview of the indictment of Paul J. Newman including some of the statistics of the alleged falsifications.
  • [1:06] M. Kriss voices pleasure with the fact that the State is monitoring and taking action against individuals who are fraudulently taking the mantle of design professionals.
  • [2:07] M. Kriss describes the indictment and indicates that this individual, if convicted, “should actually go to jail.”
  • [2:33] A. Fasano mentions other recent indictments around fraudulent or unlawful practices of engineering.
  • [3:18] M. Kriss provides an update on the facade incident in New York City, in which the State Board recently took action against the engineer that had practiced unlawfully.  The State Board suspended this individual’s license for one year.
  • [4:20] Fasano emphasizes that the work of NYSSPE and its members is critical to continuing to help seek out the unacceptable unlawful practice of engineering.
  • [4:46] Kriss states that he believes there should be real jail time for an offense of this nature.

Please leave comments or questions you might have below in regards to this issue.

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  1. What was this guy using for a stamp? Did he just make up a license number? I agree with Mark’s assessment in that this behavior is certainly egregious enough to warrant jail time. Not only did he commit massive fraud, but also put public health and safety at risk.

  2. Anthony Fasano says

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