- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - The owner of an Orange County construction company has been sentenced to jail for defrauding his employees of nearly a quarter-million dollars in wages.

Prosecutors say Mustafa Bdaiwi of Irvine pleaded guilty Monday to a dozen charges and was sentenced to a year in jail. He must pay more than $220,000 in restitution.

In 2010 and 2011, Bdaiwi’s company, Malcon Civils Inc., did work for an Irvine elementary school and the city of Hemet.

Prosecutors say workers were forced to return part of their wages or be fired. The company then submitted phony payroll records to cover up the scheme.

The company foreman, Antonio Naranjo Jr. of Costa Mesa, pleaded guilty in March and got 4 /12 years in prison.

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