D.A. Vance announced the return of the Gold Coffin of Nedjemankh to the people of Egypt during a repatriation ceremony attended by Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Hassan Shoukry and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent-in-Charge Peter C. Fitzhugh.
“Over the last three years, my Office has returned $7.4 million in stolen wages to workers, and more than $14 million in unpaid taxes from 104 construction companies to New York State. Together with our partners in the Construction Fraud Task Force, we are committed to seeking justice for workers and protecting them from predatory practices.”
“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.”