“The prosecution resulted from an investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Construction Fraud Task Force, triggered by a complaint from Ironworkers Local 361, and was part of a multi-agency drive to step up criminal enforcement of wage laws.”
“AGL Industries and its principal, Dominick LoFaso, agreed to plea guilty to felony grand larceny, and the company will pay back the wages over five years, starting with a $1.5 million payment on Aug. 13. The Manhattan D.A.’s office is recommending a conditional discharge, with no jail time, for LoFaso.”
“This landmark conviction will restore nearly $6 million to workers who were cheated out of their rightful earnings. Hundreds of iron workers and welders will now see their wages restored, thanks to my Office’s Construction Fraud Task Force – which has restored approximately $7.4 million to workers since its creation – and the New York State Department of Labor.”
Among the conspirators, “sandwich” was code for bribes or kickbacks, prosecutors said.
Three top managers of NYCHA’s elevator division regularly filed false reports claiming lifts had been inspected when they weren’t – even after a huge public outcry over the death of an elderly tenant in a horrific 2015 accident.