- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - A Queens contractor is accused of cheating three workers of $735,000 in wages and benefits.

City Comptroller Scott Stringer tells the Daily News (https://nydn.us/1P9oeS8 ) that Astoria General Contracting earned $8.7 million fixing metalwork at city schools since 2010 while cheating his workers.

The company was ordered by an administrative law judge last month to repay the workers, plus $422,000 in interest and penalties.

Stringer has collected $226,000 of that money by withholding outstanding money from city contracts. Astoria is appealing the decision.

Astoria’s attorney says the owner paid fair wages to the workers out of his own pocket. He alleged that two of the three workers were undocumented immigrants without bank accounts.

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Information from: Daily News, https://www.nydailynews.com

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