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N.J. Senate hearing to probe alleged fraud by top U.S. turf company


By Christopher Baxter and Matthew Stanmyre | NJ Advance Media for
on January 24, 2017 at 5:07 PM, updated January 24, 2017 at 5:11 PM

A state Senate panel will hold a hearing Monday on a report that the leading maker of artificial sports fields in the U.S., FieldTurf, for years sold a popular line of turf to taxpayers across the country after knowing it was falling apart.

The hearing, scheduled for 1 p.m. in Trenton before the Senate Commerce Committee, comes in response to an NJ Advance Media investigation published in December that called into question whether the company had committed fraud.

“This is a first step in our effort to determine exactly what happened and to take the action necessary at the state level to ensure that taxpayers are protected,” the chairwoman of the committee, Sen. Nellie Pou (D-Passaic), said in a statement.

She called the findings of the investigation “incredibly concerning.” The company has denied any wrongdoing.

The committee will hear testimony from FieldTurf executives, school officials and others who have been invited to testify, the statement said.

3 thoughts on “N.J. Senate hearing to probe alleged fraud by top U.S. turf company

  1. another example of Ridgewood being sold a bill of goods.

  2. That salesman was the sleaziest I have ever seen. I wouldn’t have bought a pencil from him. It was horrifying when we bought that blather. Residents did superb research and warned against it but even the state DEP went along. As predicted, we now have an enormous problem. Why are officials dazzled by this stuff and willing to kowtow to ignorant sports fanatics?

  3. Thank you James for this post. I am putting my meager efforts towards Schedler, the trees,getting rid of artificial turf and animal rights! Getting tired of people. Maybe I am just plain tired!

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