Firm building big NYC projects accused of stealing wages

May 16, 2018 - 3:58 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A construction company working on a supertall condo tower and other New York City buildings has been indicted on charges it stole $1.7 million in workers' wages and cheated the state out of $7.8 million by underreporting its payroll.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said Wednesday that Parkside Construction underpaid more than 500 construction workers at jobsites around the city. The sites include a slender, 80-story condo tower at 111 W. 57th Street overlooking Central Park.

The company is also charged with defrauding the state by underreporting its payroll, thereby lowering its workers' compensation 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."

Affinity did not return a call seeking comment.

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