NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric
T. Schneiderman has announced Lalo Drywall Inc. and its owner, Sergio Raymundo, have admitted to cheating eight workers at a Harlem housing project out of roughly
$800,000 in wages over a 17-month period.
The defendants allegedly tried to conceal the underpayments
by signing false checks that indicated payment to workers but then never giving
the checks to the employees.
“Wage theft is a crime, one that frequently involves
companies exploiting low and middle-income workers for their own gain,”
Schneiderman said. “My office will continue to aggressively prosecute those who
commit wage theft and ensure that workers received the compensation they have
Raymundo and Lalo Drywall initially paid $300,000 to the
state for restitution and an additional $50,000 for unpaid unemployment
insurance contributions. Now the defendants will pay $200,000 more in
restitution and an additional $10,000 in unpaid unemployment insurance
“Contractors who cheat workers out of their rightful pay
must be held accountable and DOI, along with the attorney general and our
partner agencies, will continue to aggressively seek out and expose the
individuals and businesses who attempt to line their pockets with the
hard-earned wages of workers,” said New York City Department of Investigation
Commissioner Mark G. Peters.