An engineer who falsely certified a building inspection at an Upper West Side building where a falling window ledge killed a toddler will escape jail time after he pleaded guilty to filing a false instrument. The New York Post reports that Maqsood Faruqi will get probation according to the terms of a plea deal.
Faruqi, 55, filled out a fake inspection report in 2011 stating that the facade of the Esplanade senior housing development on West End Avenue between West 74th and West 75th streets was safe, when he hadn't even performed an inspection. In May 2015, pieces of an eighth-floor window ledge fell to the sidewalk below, killing 2-year-old Greta Greene and injuring her 60-year-old grandmother.
The Department of Buildings cited Esplanade Venture Partnership, which owns the nearly century-old building, for failing to maintain the property. For the fatal offense, the company paid a heaping $1,000 fine, records show. The company still has 16 open building violations at the property, including two for unpermitted work, and several for elevator problems. In addition to finding Faruqi's fraudulent paperwork, a Department of Investigation probe also found that the DOB failed to take action when a private building consultant notified it of The Esplanade's "scary" façade in October of 2014.
Faruqi and his employer at the time of the fake report, Blue Print Engineering, could not be reached for comment.