September 15, 2014
By Stephanie West
New York, NY – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced the conviction and sentencing of Ronald Bartiromo, Raymond D’Auria and R3 Electrical Inc. for failing to pay legally required wages to their workers on two public works projects throughout New York City.
Ronald Bartiromo and R3 Electrical pled guilty to the felony crimes of violation of prevailing wage requirements of the New York State Labor Law and grand larceny in the second degree. D’Auria pled guilty to the misdemeanor crime of violation of prevailing wage requirements of the New York State Labor Law. As a condition of the pleas, Bartiromo and R3 Electrical agreed to pay $273,943.66 in restitution to underpaid workers and are prohibited from working on public works projects for five years. Bartiromo was also sentenced to 5 years’ probation.
“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.”
Bartiromo is the owner and Chief Executive Officer of R3 Electrical Inc., a Staten Island-based company that performed electrical work. The compny performed electrical work as a subcontractor between 2008 and 2010 on the construction of several municipal projects. Under state Labor Law, defendants were required to pay employees the prevailing wage for electricians. In a scheme to avoid detection, Bartiromo filed false certified payroll reports stating he paid his workers the proper prevailing wages.