NEW YORK, NY — AVM Construction Corp., of Valley Stream, NY, has failed to pay proper prevailing wages to workers related to a publicly-funded New York City construction project.
The defendants, Vickram Mangru and his wife Gayatri Mangru were sentenced in Bronx County Supreme Court. Vickram Mangru will serve 30 days in jail, followed by 3 years of probation, after his felony conviction of Failure to Pay Prevailing Wages and Benefits. Gaytari Mangru was sentenced to a Conditional Discharge as result of her misdemeanor conviction on the same charge. The defendants both pled guilty to the charges on February 11, 2019, and have paid $80,000 in restitution to three workers. The remaining $201,630.09 was subject to an Order of restitution issued by the court.
Between December 22, 2012 and February 14, 2015, Vickram Mangru—as owner of Vick Construction and operator of AVM Construction Corp.—failed to pay several of his employees’ proper prevailing wages for construction and repair work on several public schools in the Bronx. State law requires that on certain construction projects designated as “public works,” workers must be paid a pre-determined industry minimum wage per hour, plus a benefit rate, collectively known as a “prevailing wage rate.”
Instead of paying
prevailing wage rate, Vickram Mangru allegedly paid his workers between
$120 and $160/day for 40-50 hours worked per week—an amount far less
than what his employees were owed under the prevailing wage rate. To
cover up the crime, Vickram Mangru falsified Certified Payroll Records
and Reports submitted to the New York City Department of Education.