October 11, 2013

Hfd. welding prez arrested for wage violations

The Department of Labor has arrested the president of Jarosz Welding Co., who it alleges failed to pay more than $109,000 in employees.

Andrew Jarosz owes payment to 35 employees from work completed this year and last year, officials said in an announcement today.

Labor officials also allege that Jarosz falsified payroll records on government projects.

"This is a case where our investigators worked with the employer and gave him every opportunity to pay his employees the appropriate amount for the work they had done," Sharon Palmer, the state's labor commissioner, said in a statement. "In addition to non-payment of wages, Mr. Jarosz admitted that he did not pay his employees the full prevailing wage required for several projects and submitted numerous certified payrolls that he knew to be false."

Filing a false certified payroll is a felony in Connecticut, punishable by up to five years in prison, a $5,000 fine, or both.

The 67 government project payroll records scrutinized by state labor officials cover seven projects, including Beals Senior Center in Bristol, UCONN McMahon Hall in Storrs, Hearth Homes in Waterbury, CREC Academy in Hartford, Danbury Head Start in Danbury, Grasso High School in Groton and DiLoreto School in New Britain.

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