NY Contractors Charged with Grand Larceny, Labor Violations and Falsifying Records

The owners of R3 Electrical, Ronald Bartiromo and Raymond D’Auria, were in Manhattan criminal court on Tuesday being charged with two counts of second-degree grand larceny, two counts of state labor law violations and 20 counts each of falsifying business records and offering a false instrument for filing. The two contractors are accused of scamming seven workers out of $200,000 of wages for work done on government contracts.  

According to NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman:

The defendants and their firm were hired as an electrical subcontractor on a 2008-2009 project to upgrade science labs at five City University of New York campuses, according to Schneiderman. They were also contracted in 2009 to upgrade boilers at the Rutgers Houses, a New York City Housing Authority development on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The state Power Authority funded the boiler renovations.

According to court records, R3 Electrical falsified their books to make it seem as if its workers were earning the prevailing wage.  The records show that workers were routinely making between $15 and $25 with no benefits.  The financial records they turned into CUNY and the Power Authority showed they were paying employees more than $86 an hour with benefits included.  

The two counts of grand larceny carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

In a statement from his office, A.G. Schneiderman said:

“My office will take aggressive action, including criminal charges where appropriate, against government contractors who cheat their employees and falsify records as they attempt to conceal their misdeeds.  Protecting taxpayer dollars and the livelihoods of hard-working New Yorkers is a priority for this office.”

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