The Department of Investigation announced Thursday the arrest of an expediter who allegedly handed out fake A's to at least nine restaurants who did not deserve them.
A random sweep of more than 100 city restaurants turned up two fake grade cards, both issued by the same person.
When investigators dug deeper, they found that the fakes were given to as many as seven other restaurants around the city.
"They found it was one person who had sold those grade cards to that restaurants. So someone was in the business of trying to sell counterfeit A's," said Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley. "The good side of that is that it means that restaurants really want an A."
In a separate investigation, two Manhattan restaurant workers were arrested after investigators say they tried to bribe a health inspector who was about to give their restaurant a failing grade.