Criminal Liability for Wage Law Violations?

New York’s Attorney General is seeking to hold the owner of a construction firm criminally responsible for failing to pay proper wages on a public job.  The owner faces multiple felony counts of grand larceny and money laundering arising from alleged wage law violations.

According to the Attorney General,

To avoid detection, Fridman filed false certified payroll reports stating he paid his workers the prevailing wages and issued paychecks to the workers that matched those payroll reports. Fridman then made his workers cash the checks at his bank and kick back, or return, a majority of the cash to him. He hid over $100,000 of the money he stole by moving it into the account of a Florida corporation he controlled, Green Investments, Inc.

Read more about the case here.