Metallurgist Pleads Guilty to Faking Navy Submarine Steel Strength Test Results For More Than 30 Years

Metallurgist Pleads Guilty to Faking Navy Submarine Steel Strength Test Results For More Than 30 Years


A metallurgist pleaded guilty to fraud earlier this week after she spent more than 30 years faking Navy submarine steel strength test results.

Elaine Marie Thomas, 67, of Auburn, Washington, was the director of metallurgy at a foundry that provided steel parts used by Navy contractors to build submarine.

From 1985 to 2017, Thomas falsified test results for at least 240 productions of steel.

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It wasn’t until a metallurgist training to replace Thomas that her criminal activity came to light.

The new metallurgist alerted supervisors and Thomas was fired.

“Court filings indicate there is no evidence that Bradken’s management was aware of the fraud until May 2017. At that time, a lab employee discovered that test cards had been altered and that other discrepancies

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