- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - An electrical contractor has been convicted of hiring a no-show master electrician to get more than $200 million in New York City water plant contracts.

Jacob Levita and Schlesinger Electrical Contractors Inc. were convicted Tuesday of scheming to defraud. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. calls it a case of “taking advantage of public agencies.”

Levita’s lawyer, Avi Moskowitz, says he’s very disappointed with the verdict and believes an appeal will succeed.

The city requires electrical companies to have licensed master electricians on staff.

Prosecutors say Levita helped pay a master electrician $1,500 a month to say he was responsible for work on city projects by a joint venture that involved Schlesinger. Prosecutors say the master electrician wasn’t actually involved in those projects.

Levita’s sentencing is set for November.

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