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Father-Daughter Team Face Fraud Case

Monday, February 8, 2016

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A New York-based father and daughter construction team are facing up to 15 years behind bars for allegedly cheating nearly a dozen subcontractors and a client out of more than $780,000.

Anthony Rotondaro, 59, and his daughter Jamie, 32, were charged in late January with failing to pay subcontractors for work completed on six projects in New York City, according to an announcement by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.

The Rotondaros and their companies, Reniss Contracting and Janic Construction, face multiple counts of grand larceny. They have pleaded not guilty, according to reports.

“In an effort to enrich themselves, the individuals and companies indicted … engaged in widespread fraud in which they stole from subcontractors, clients, insurance providers, and even their own employees,” said District Attorney Vance.

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Anthony Rotondaro, 59, and his daughter Jamie, 32, were charged in late January with failing to pay subcontractors for work completed on six projects in New York City, prosecutors have said.

“The conduct charged in the indictment was brazen, selfish, and illegal.”

The Allegations

According to prosecutors, Anthony was the owner of both Reniss Contracting and Janic Construction, while Jamie served as president of Janic Construction. Both companies performed general contracting services for interior construction projects throughout New York City.

Between June 2014 and March 2015, prosecutors allege the pair defrauded at least 11 subcontracting companies, hired to perform services at Reniss and Janic projects in Manhattan and Queens, out of more than $328,000 by failing to pay them for completed work.

The duo also allegedly stole more than $428,000 from a client by misappropriating advance payments that were made to the Rotondaros on two separate projects.

Jamie, as well as Reniss and Janic, are also charged with stealing more than $18,000 in 401(k) contributions made by an employee between April 2012 and April 2014 as well as committing insurance fraud in the amount of $13,000.

Prosecutors said during the Rotondaros’ arraignment that the pair used the corporate accounts as a “personal ATM,” spending more than $20,000 a month on expenses, such as clothes and coffee, according to reports.

   

Tagged categories: Construction; Contractors; Criminal acts; Ethics; Fraud; Insurance; Personnel; Subcontractors

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