LI Contractor Indicted For Defrauding Workers

Earlier today, M.A. Angeliades Inc of Long Island City was indicted in Manhattan Supreme Court on charges of cheating employees out of $600,000 in wages including those who worked on four subway renovation contracts. John Riley of Newsday has more in this report:

A Long Island City contractor whose projects have included the renovation of the Nassau County courthouse was charged Wednesday with cheating employees out of $600,000 in a grand larceny indictment in Manhattan Supreme Court.

M.A. Angeliades Inc. and its owner, Merkourios Angeliades, 67, violated state law by underpaying workers for weekend and overtime work on four subway renovation contracts with the MTA, keeping a double set of books, and bribing union representatives to get away with the scheme, Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said.

Angeliades pleaded not guilty Wednesday afternoon in state Supreme Court in Manhattan.

Click here for the complete report.

Shortly after this report, the MTA issued a statement on the allegations via e-mail:

The MTA appreciates the hard work of District Attorney Morgenthau in pursuing these alleged violations, which were originally identified and investigated by MTA Inspector General Barry Kluger. We are committed to protecting workers involved in MTA projects, and our Auditor General works in cooperation with the Inspector General to root out fraud.

The one outstanding New York City Transit contract with Angeliades remains under the supervision of an independent monitor, who has reported no irregularities, but we will review the situation with the District Attorney and the Inspector General before determining how to proceed.

I will continue to follow this story as it develops.

xoxo Transit Blogger

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