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An Ocean County construction contractor convicted of falsifying payroll records was sentenced to three years in state prison Friday.
Albert Chwedczuk pleaded guilty to second-degree false contract charges
“We are sending a loud and clear message to dishonest contractors that this type of crime does not pay,” Division of Criminal Justice Director Veronica Allende said. “We want unscrupulous employers to know that we will work closely with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development to investigate contract fraud and prevailing wage violations and hold bad actors accountable.”
Chwedczuk was accused of falsifying public contract payroll records to hide he was paying some employees less than required by the Prevailing Wage Act and paying others nothing in 2015 and 2016.
The 45-year-old Toms River resident was previously barred from obtaining or carrying out public contracts over prior violations of the Prevailing Wage Act.
Authorities said Chwedczuk circumvented the ban, which targeted Ren Construction LLC and Real Construction LLC, by creating a new corporation, Bella Group LLC.
The public subcontract Chwedczuk obtained provided $400,000 for masonry work on the Cooper Camden Student Housing project.
Authorities said Chwedczuk also instructed several employees to provide false information about their wages to an investigator with the New Jersey Labor and Workforce Department.
“Contractors working on public projects in New Jersey must pay their workers every penny they are entitled to under the law,” Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo said. “We will continue to work closely with our partners in the Attorney General’s Office to protect workers and taxpayers by making sure unscrupulous contractors face significant penalties for their crimes.”