Operation Vandelay Industries: An Investigation & Prosecution – What Now?

Session Title: Operation Vandelay Industries: An Investigation & Prosecution – What Now?
Educational Track: Practice
Session Code: FR0519
Date: Friday, October 18, 2019
Time: 8:15 AM – 9:45 AM
LU/HSW: 1.5 LUs/HSW

Given the tremendous interest in the Operation Vandelay Industries illegal practice case, architects will want to attend this session to hear the details and where the weak points are in the submission of documents for building permits. 

The New York State Office of the Attorney General will present the case, describe the common issues that arose surrounding the submission of contract documents to local building officials, and the New York State Education Department will describe the actions that are being considered so that it does not happen again.

The Attorney General’s office will also describe how the investigation unfolded, the unauthorized practice of architecture that took place, and the construction issues on the projects involved.

Learning Objectives: By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the modus operandi within the Operation Vandelay case and the unauthorized practice of architecture,
  • Define the common issues found with Building Department records involved in the Operation Vandelay case,
  • Demonstrate an understanding of preventative methods an architect may use to ensure good practice regarding stamping and sealing of drawings and specifications,
  • List the specific areas of improvement under consideration by the New York State Board for Architecture in response to the outcomes of the Operation Vandelay case.

Content Leaders:

Robert Lopez, RA

Executive Secretary, New York State Education Department/Office of the Professions/State Board for Architecture, Albany, NY

Philip Apruzzese

Assistant Attorney Assistant Attorney General, New York State Office of the Attorney General/Criminal Enforcement & Financial Crimes Bureau, Albany, NY

Mark Terra

Investigator, New York State Office of the Attorney General, Melrose, NY