Contractor failed to pay prevailing wages and benefits, falsified payrolls, and engaged in kickbacks.
ALJ Lewis found that a contractor violated the Labor Law by failing to pay prevailing wages and supplemental benefits to six employees on four public works contracts. Based upon credible testimony by two of the workers, documentary evidence and videotapes made by one of the workers, ALJ Lewis found that respondent issued checks to the workers for prevailing wages and benefits, required the workers to endorse the backs of the checks but did not permit them to keep the checks, and instead paid them in cash at lower daily or weekly rates, thereby engaging in a “kickback” scheme. Office of the Comptroller v. Abbey Painting Corp. (in PDF), OATH Index No. 2544/11 (June 26, 2012).