City fines contractor, bans company from public projects

The city announced fines Monday against a New York contractor accused of cheating dozens of workers out of pay and benefits.



KS Contracting Corporation must dole out $3.2 million and is barred from ever working on city or state contracts again, according to City Comptroller Scott Stringer.



The company worked on seven city projects, including the Morrisania Health Center and Bronx River Park.



Stringer says the company cheated 36 workers out of $1.7 million. KS Contracting reported that it was paying them $50 an hour -- but actually gave laborers just $90 a day.



Most of the workers are immigrants from Hispanic, West Indian or South Asian countries.



Stringer says his office will continue to investigate and hold accountable companies that cheat employees out of pay.


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