Building a Case: NY Construction Workers to Get $250k Prevailing Wage Payout

Ronald Bartiromo, left, and Raymond D'Auria previously pleaded guilty to failing to pay the prevailing wage to workers employed by R3 Electrical Inc. of Port Richmond. (Photos courtesy NYS attorney general's office).The Office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced that the owner and project manager of Staten Island contractor R3 Electrical Inc. must remit $274,000 in restitution to workers the company underpaid. The prevailing wage was supposed to apply to work done on two publicly funded projects in New York City, R3 did not meet this requirement.  

Owner Ronald Bartiromo and project manager Raymond D’Auria had previously pleaded guilty to similar charges, as well as grand larceny, in Manhattan state supreme court. The pair altered official records in an attempt to show they were compliant with prevailing wage laws. Bartiromo was sentenced to five years probation while D’Auria and R3 Electrical were given conditional discharges. The defendants were also barred from working on city projects for the next five years.  

According to court documents, the work was done on science labs at five City University of New York (CUNY) campuses and boilers at the Lower East Side’s Rutgers Houses for the New York City Housing Authority. R3 Electrical paid its workers $15 to $25 an hour without proper benefits and falsified records to suggests they were paying their workers more than triple that — $86 an hour in wage and benefits. R3 Electrical sent these bogus payroll reports to both the Power Authority and CUNY.  In total, the Attorney General found over 20 possible wage violations during its investigation.

Announcing the conviction and sentencing, AG Schneiderman said:

“Mr. Bartiromo, Mr. D’Auria and R3 Electrical, Inc. are being held accountable for stealing wages from workers who did electrical work on several public works projects throughout New York City,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “My office will continue to take strong action, including filing criminal charges, against employers who violate New York’s labor laws, steal taxpayer dollars and violate the public trust.”

It was possible that the defendants could have faced up to 15 years in prison.

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