2011-11-25 / Top Stories

Busted For Failure To Pay Employees Legal Wage

By Howard Schwach

A Far Rockaway woman, whose company was hired to paint two schools last year, has been charged with thirddegree grand larceny, accused of failing to pay her employees the legal wage.

Court sources in upstate New York identify the woman as Adesuwa Uwuigbe, 26, who was arraigned in Ramapo Town Court on Thursday, November 17, Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said.

Uwuigbe was the president of Ecoa Cleaning Contractor, a Bronx company hired by the school district to paint the Richard P. Connor and Montebello elementary schools from July to September 2010, Zugibe said.

While the work was going on, the district paid Ecoa in full with the belief that Uwuigbe had been paying her employees properly, Zugibe said. Uwuigbe is believed to have shorted several workers of at least $20,000.

Zugibe said Uwuigbe is also believed to have falsified payroll information submitted to the state to hide her company’s illegal wage rates.

Uwuigbe was arrested Thursday following an investigation by several units, including the Rockland County Special Investigations Unit, the Ramapo school district and the state Department of Labor.

Town Justice Arnold Etelson released her without bail, ordering her to return to court January 31.

Grand larceny carries a sentence of up to seven years in state prison.

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