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August 21, 2012

Administrative Law Judge recommends a five-year debarment of public works contractor


Administrative Law Judge recommends a five-year debarment of public works contractor
Office of the NYC Comptroller v Abbey Painting Corporation, OATH Index #2544/11

OATH Administrative Law Judge Faye Lewis found that a contractor violated the NYS 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, Judge Lewis found that the contractor 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.

As a penalty for the violations, the Administrative Law Judge recommended that the contractor be found liable for the underpayments, plus interest, plus a 25% civil penalty. Finding the contract had engaged in flagrant and willful violations on multiple contracts, deliberately falsified payroll records, and the kickback scheme, Judge Lewis also recommended a five-year debarment.   

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