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Post date: January 25 2010

The New York State Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo Announces Westchester Sub-contractor Arrested For Cheating Workers Out Of More Than $100,000 On Village Of Ardsley Firehouse Project

NEW YORK, N.Y. (January 25, 2009) - Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the arrest of a Westchester sub-contractor who failed to pay approximately $100,000 in legally required wages to at least six workers who performed carpentry work on the construction of the new Village of Ardsley firehouse.

Krzysztof Przybyl, aka Chris Przybyl, and his company, Bedell Contracting Corp., Inc. are each charged with seven counts of Falsifying Business Documents in the First Degree (class E felony) and seven counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing (class E felony). Przybyl faces up to 4 years in prison for each violation.

“This contractor is accused of cheating his employees out of a sizable amount of money and then trying to cover his tracks,” said Attorney General Cuomo. “There is no excuse for an employer’s failure to comply with New York’s prevailing wage laws. My office will continue to prosecute employers who ignore the law, steal from workers, and misuse taxpayer funds.”

In September 2006, Bedell Contracting Corp. entered into a $275,000 sub-contract to perform carpentry work on the construction of the new firehouse for the Village of Ardsley in Westchester County. The sub-contractor required Bedell to pay its workers state-mandated prevailing wages. Instead, Przybyl paid his workers less than half the legal amount and pocketed the rest. The company was also required to submit certified weekly payroll reports disclosing the names, addresses, and pay of workers as a condition of payment by the Village. With each request for payment, Bedell submitted certified weekly payroll reports, signed by Przybyl, which listed the names of three or four workers as having worked in a given week, and stated that Bedell paid the workers the correct prevailing wages. These documents were false.

This case is being handled by Assistant Attorney General Meredith McGowan and Assistant Attorney General Rachel Gold. The case is being supervised by Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice James Rogers, Deputy Bureau Chief of the Attorney General’s Criminal Prosecutions Bureau Felice Sontupe, and Bureau Chief Patricia Kakalec of the Labor Bureau.

The charges against the defendants are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.