November 26, 2014
By Stephanie West
New York, NY – Contractor Leonid Fridman has been convicted and sentenced for failing to pay legally required wages to his workers on a Port Authority construction project at JFK. Fridman was aware that he was required to pay the prevailing wages but still paid some of his workers as little as $10 per hour. Fridman filed false certified payroll reports stating he paid his workers the prevailing wages.
Fridman, 60, owned and operated Millennium Commercial Corp., a Brooklyn-based company. Millennium performed tile restoration work as a subcontractor on the renovation of the TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy Airport in 2009 and 2010. Under the Port Authority contract for the project and the Labor Law, Fridman was required to pay his employees over $50 per hour for Laborers and Mason Tenders and over $70 per hour for Tile Setters. He consistently underpaid his workers.
Companies doing business with municipalities, state agencies and authorities are legally bound to pay their employees the fair and prevailing wage.
Fridman agreed to pay $200,000 in restitution to underpaid workers and prohibition from working on public works projects for five years. He was sentenced to five years of probation. Fridman pled guilty to the felony crimes of grand larceny in the second degree and violation of prevailing wage requirements of New York State Labor Law.
“Mr. Fridman is being held accountable for stealing wages from workers who renovated parts of JFK,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. ”