Comptroller's investigation reveals millions kept by contractors

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NEW YORK CITY -

An investigation launched by the city's comptroller found over 1,000 workers were cheated out of more than $2.5 million by contractors on city-funded projects.

Back in September, Deon Kennedy says she received a letter from the comptroller's office saying she was owed money. She tore it up assuming it was fraudulent After getting a follow-up call, she realized it was for real.

Kennedy is among hundreds of construction and building service workers that can now get the money they deserve. Many of those affected are immigrants like Arif Hossain, who received small amounts of money from his employer, but will now collect about $6,000.

The comptroller issued a message for employers who underpay employees, saying they will not tolerate corruption of wages.

Anyone unsure if they are owed money can go to comptroller.nyc.gov/unclaimedwages

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