By JOHN ANNESE
New York Daily News
A Queens steel-making company must return $6 million in stolen wages to welders and iron workers as part of a plea deal with state and city authorities.
AGL Industries, which is based in Maspeth, cheated 500 workers out of overtime and other wages between 2013 and 2017, and underreported its payroll to the state labor department according to a plea agreement announced by Gov. Cuomo Tuesday.
Cuomo’s office is calling the plea the largest single wage recovery in the state Department of Labor’s 115-year history.
AGL Industries and its principal, Dominick LoFaso, agreed to plea guilty to felony grand larceny, and the company will pay back the wages over five years, starting with a $1.5 million payment on Aug. 13. The Manhattan D.A.’s office is recommending a conditional discharge, with no jail time, for LoFaso.
The plea agreement stems from a joint probe by the state Labor Department and the Manhattan D.A.’s Construction fraud Task Force.
“We have absolutely zero tolerance for any business that exploits workers and robs employees of hard-earned wages — period,” Cuomo said Tuesday.
Ironworkers Local 361, the union that helped expose the wage theft, praised the investigators in a statement.
“Through the efforts of the Construction Fraud Task Force, as well as the great team at the Department of Labor, one of the bad players in the construction field is being brought to justice,” said Matthew Chartrand, the union’s business manager.
AGL’s lawyer did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
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