- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say the owner of a Warwick building company has pleaded guilty to filing false claims and documents as he collected federal stimulus funds.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1pcL5vq ) that U.S. Attorney’s Office says Donald F. Ihlefeld of Cranston submitted an invoice for $521,022 for work by his company, Alhambra Building Co., from December 2010 through January 2011, knowing employees were not paid local prevailing wages.

The attorney’s office says the company was working on a renovation project to turn a former West Warwick textile mill into a walk-in health center.

Authorities say the employees who were not paid proper wages were non-citizens hired by Alhambra and were paid substantially less than the prevailing wage of about $34 an hour.

Ihlefeld is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 2.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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