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IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys used advice from a man who falsified his educational credentials and served federal prison time for drug trafficking to make major structural reinforcements to a practice facility whose collapse injured a dozen people.

The Dallas Morning News reported Sunday that the consultant, Jeffrey Lawrence Galland, was engineering director of a Las Vegas company called JCI even though he had no engineering license. Galland acknowledged the newspaper's findings, but said his background had no bearing on his ability to help clients.

Galland, 42, said JCI president Scott Jacobs, who is a licensed engineer, supervised his Cowboys work.

Jacobs did not immediately return a call seeking comment Sunday by The Associated Press.

His company has teamed up extensively in recent years with Canada-based Summit Structures, which built the Cowboys facility in 2003 and oversaw last year's reinforcements.

"It is Summit's belief that all employees who worked on this project were qualified to perform the task he or she performed" and were properly licensed, Summit president Nathan Stobbe said in a statement Saturday, the newspaper reported.

The Cowboys declined to comment.

Galland provided a written summary of his credentials that says he has a bachelor's degree in physics from Eastern Washington University. The school said he pursued that degree but never graduated.

The summary also says he has been working toward a master's degree in structural engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. School records show no sign he ever attended, officials said.

Galland said Saturday that he completed all required credits for the physics degree but did not receive it after Eastern Washington officials wanted him to take a class that "I felt was unnecessary."

An aide said Saturday that the summary was being corrected.

Galland was arrested in 1994 after breaking into a home and pointing a gun at a woman in Great Falls, Mont., police there said. Charges included burglary and assault.

The following year, Galland was convicted of burglary in state court and sentenced to probation. Then he pleaded guilty in federal court to using a firearm during a violent crime and conspiring to distribute cocaine and marijuana, court records show.

The tentlike practice facility came crashing down in fierce winds May 2, permanently paralyzing scouting assistant Rich Behm.

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I'm all about giving second chances but this is outright scary regardless of the outcome. He lied on his resume, lied about the classes he took and even the schools he attended. He had no earthly reason to be employed at his position as a facility engineer supervisor.

Did the Cowboys organization even know that he was an ex-con and arrested multiple times?

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I believe in giving guys who made mistakes and went to prison for it but when you lied on your application and the company that you submitted your resume to must not of investigated it otherwise he wouldn't have been hired. This one guy can't be entirely responsible for that because the guy that hired him should be. The Cowboys and Jerry Jones are all about giving second chances so they may knew ahead of time. The company JCI president Scott Jacobs, who is a licensed engineer said that the guys that were working the job were qualified people but that would haved to be questioned also. How many of them were actually qualified to do the work? The Cowboys are suppose to be a well runned organization with a financial genuis at the helm but this calls into question that train of thought. "Wizard of OZ Syndrome." "If I only had a brain."

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He was not employed by the Cowboys

Technically, yes, he was an employee of the dallas cowboys. My guess, and this is only an educated guess, is that Jerry went with the low bid on the engineering. It's easy to bid low if you don't pay your employees what you would if they were actually qualified. I doubt the engineering firm didn't double check his background before hiring. The fact he wasn't qualified is hardly Jones' fault though. In the end an innocent guy wound up paralyzed and that is nothing to make light of regardless of what led to the accident be it faulty engineering or winds exceeding what the building was supposed to withstand or some other unexplained/unaccounted-for force.

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put me on the not getting the "typical cowboys employee" remarks

1) it seems a lot of you didnt even read the article

2) in terms of falsification its crazy to think how seemingly easy it is to do...

3) falsification is one thing but seriously the consulting firm didnt run a criminal background check? lol

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The Cowboys hired a Canadian company to build the facility, they in turn built it and sub contracted some of the maintenance work out to the company employing the ex-con in question.

I hate the Cowboys but the article title should read "Ex-Con who falsified credentials advised company that was hired by another company that was hired by the Cowboys on structure that collapsed"

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