For Immediate Release - March 30, 2011

Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety's Brian Wong Honored by the US Department of Justice

Boston, MA - The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development today announced that Chief of Investigations and Enforcement for the Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety, Brian Wong has been honored with the Law Enforcement and Public Service Award by the United States Department of Justice for his investigative work in the case of The United States v. Albania Deleon, et. Al.

Wong played a key role in the 2008 shut down of Environmental Compliance Training (ECT) , and eventual conviction of Albania Deleon. Deleon, once the owner of the state's largest asbestos training school was arrested in 2007 after Wong flagged a group of suspicious identification training papers from ECT. It was later discovered that an estimated 2,500 people received fraudulent asbestos removal certificates from Deleon. She was convicted in November 2008 of 28 felony charges.

"I am proud to have people like Brian Wong serve in my agency," said Joanne F. Goldstein, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development. "Brian's exceptional work in the United States v. Albania Deleon, et. Al. case is just one of many examples of his hard work and dedication on behalf of the people of Massachusetts. I look forward to continuing to work with him on creating a safer and more secure Commonwealth."

"I am honored to receive this prestigious award from the United States Department of Justice," said Brian Wong. "I look forward to continuing the investigative work for the Division of Occupational Safety that is so essential to keeping the Commonwealth a safe and healthy place to live and work."

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts conducts an annual awards ceremony to recognize outstanding case-related investigative work by the agents and officers with whom they work. Wong is one of eleven being honored for work in the case of the United States v. Albania Deleon, et al. today at the Moakley Federal Courthouse.

For more information on the case of the United States v. Albania Deleon please click here.