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Construction Company Accused Of Cheating Workers Out Of $1.7 Million

May 16, 2018 - 8:19 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- A construction company working on a supertall condo tower and other local buildings has been indicted on charges that it ripped off workers to the tune of millions, and cheated the state out of $7.8 million by underreporting its payroll.

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said Parkside Construction altered the timesheets of more than 500 concrete and masonry workers at worksites around the city – ripping them off for $1.7 million.

The sites include a slender, 80-story condo tower at 111 W. 57th St. overlooking Central Park.

“These timesheets weren’t just a here or there kind of thing, that is, the alterations on those timesheets,” Vance said. “This was the business model for these defendants.”

One worker was allegedly cheated out of $50,000 in pay.

“Workers who did come forward and complain about not getting the paycheck amount that they thought they should get were often brushed off, or if that didn’t work, reportedly told: ‘You don’t like this place? Go find somewhere else,’” Vance said.

Vance said if cheating workers weren’t enough, Parkside is also charged with concealing more than $40 million in payroll to avoid forking over to New York state nearly $8 million in worker insurance premiums.

Parkside's payroll services provider, Michigan-based Affinity Human Resources, is also charged.

Parkside CEO Francesco Pugliese said the company denies “any wage or other kind of theft.”

(© 2018 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Affinity did not return a call seeking comment.