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Long Island Construction Firm Owner Gets Jail For Failing To Pay $280,000 In Employees’ Wages

Published Tuesday, June 18, 2019 10:00 am
by Ryan Deffenbaugh/Crains New York
Long Island Construction Firm Owner Gets Jail For Failing To Pay $280,000 In Employees’ Wages

(VALLEY STREAM, NEW YORK) - The owner of a Long Island Construction Firm will serve 30 days in jail for shorting Workers $280,000 by failing to pay Prevailing Wages on construction work at public schools in the Bronx, prosecutors said.

The sentence for Vickram Mangru, owner and operator of Valley Stream-based AVM Construction and Vick Construction, includes three years of probation, as announced by Attorney General Letitia James and city Comptroller Scott Stringer.

His wife, Gayatri Mangru, was sentenced to a conditional discharge for a misdemeanor conviction on the same charge.

State Law requires Construction Workers on public works projects be paid a predetermined rate, known as the Prevailing Wage.

In New York City, the rate is set by the comptroller's office.

The couple's firm flouted those laws on school construction projects between 2012 and 2015, the Attorney General said, paying between $120 and $160 per day for workweeks of 40 to 50 hours.

The Attorney General's Office said Vickram Mangru falsified documents filed with the city Department of Education that claimed Workers were being paid proper wages.

Stringer's office previously had banned the husband from working on public projects after he was caught violating Wage Laws.

The Comptroller referred the case to the State Attorney General, he said, after Mangru created a new firm to keep working in the city while still skirting Prevailing Wage Laws.

Both the husband and wife pleaded guilty to the charges in February and have paid $80,000 in restitution to three Workers.

A judgment order of restitution has been placed on the remaining $201,630.

The defendants will be barred from bidding on any public works contracts in the State for five years, officials said.

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