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Contractor accused of stealing wages from workers arraigned in town court

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HALFMOON, N.Y. -- A flooring contractor accused of stealing wages from his workers and then filing false payroll statements was arraigned in Halfmoon Town Court Thursday night.

Jason Rich is charged with 14 counts of third-degree grand larceny, 350 counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, two counts of failure to pay prevailing wage, all felonies, and 14 misdemeanor counts of failure to pay wages in accordance with the labor law.

According to Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy's office, Rich worked as a contractor on 30 projects from Saratoga County to Central New York over a span of two years.

Murphy said instead of paying his workers the legally required wage rate for such projects, Rich paid them far less, then prepared and filed false payroll statements. Murphy said he then pocketed the $300,000 he was supposed to pay his workers.

"So I think he was successful in getting many of these bids, allegedly, because he was not playing by the same rules that all the other contractors have to play by to protect the workers of our state," Murphy said.

Rich is currently out on bail and the case is awaiting action by the Saratoga County Grand Jury.

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