March 20, 2016
By Stephanie West
New York, NY – Sergio Raymundo and Lalo Drywall, Inc. cheated eight workers at a Harlem housing project out of over $800,000.00 in wages during a 17-month period. The employer attempted to conceal the underpayments by signing false checks drawn on the company’s account.
“No matter how creative they become in their illegal schemes, dishonest contractors will be held accountable. This guilty plea demonstrates that my office will continue to take aggressive action against public works contractors who cheat their employees out of proper wages and who abuse taxpayer money” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “Workers must be paid for their labor, and my office is committed to ensuring that workers who are cheated out of wages are rightfully compensated.”
Sergio Raymundo pleaded guilty to one count of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree under New York State’s Penal Law, a class E felony, as well as to one count of Failure to Pay Wages under New York State’s Labor Law, an unclassified misdemeanor. This is an example of the many non-union contractors that steal from workers every day.