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Construction Family Headed to Prison

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

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A New York-based father and daughter construction team will serve time behind bars for cheating clients out of more than $350,000.

Anthony Rotondaro, 60, and his daughter Jamie, 32, were charged in late January with several counts of fraud in connection with failing to pay subcontractors for work completed on six projects in New York City and misappropriating client payments, according to a previous announcement by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.

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"Fraud permeates nearly every corner of [New York] City's construction industry," according to District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.

In May, both pleaded guilty to a single charge, Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, prosecutors said.

Vance announced the sentences Friday (June 3). Jamie, the president of Janic Construction Corp., will serve 2 to 6 years in state prison.

Anthony, the owner of Janic Construction and another construction company called Reniss Contracting Inc., will spend 1 to 3 years behind bars.

Fraud Rampant in NYC

The district attorney said the case was an example of how “fraud permeates nearly every corner of the City's construction industry.”

“The defendants stole hundreds of thousands of dollars and misappropriated funds earmarked for their clients’ projects,” said Vance.

Vance noted that his enforcement team has stepped up in recent years to seek appropriate consequences for criminal conduct.

Pocketing Client Funds

According to prosecutors, between June 2014 and March 2015, the Rotondaros stole more than $350,000 from a client by misappropriating advance payments intended to fund projects being managed by Janic and Reniss.

The general contracting and service companies specialized in interior construction projects.

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: Business matters; Criminal acts; Ethics; Fraud; Laws and litigation

Comment from Gail Alario, (6/8/2016, 7:32 AM)

Glad to see some people do get caught for fraud and have to spend time in jail. Hopefully this serves as a deterrent for future fraud.


Comment from Dick Piper, (6/8/2016, 9:50 AM)

Only jail time will deter future white-collar grime committed by the wealthy and arrogant.


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