Fourth and final defendant pleads in worker misclassification case 

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From The Delaware County Daily Times, Alex Rose reports that an employee of a company that misclassified workers as independent contractors was sentenced to 34 months of probation. Alex writes:

MEDIA COURTHOUSE — An employee of a York construction company that misclassified employees as “independent contractors” in order to avoid paying taxes was sentenced to more than 34 months of probation Friday after pleading guilty to conspiracy to theft by unlawful taking and improper classification of employees.

Angelita Paulin-Santos, 39, of the 600 block of Smith Street in York, worked as the bookkeeper for G&R Drywall and Framing LLC, according to defense attorney Anser Ahmad. She was charged earlier this year along with business owner Armando Garcia-Ramirez, 55, of the 2100 block of S. Queen Street in York; his wife and business partner, Martha Guzman, 45, and their daughter and employee, Stephanie Garcia-Ramirez, 26.

Investigators also found that employees were paid an hourly wage on a weekly payroll distribution, that none of the “independent contractors” owned a business separate from G&R Drywall and Framing, and that the company gave employees money to buy liability insurance, which was required by the allegedly fraudulent independent contractor contracts the employees had signed, according to the affidavits.

Business records seized under two search warrants executed in November 2020 allegedly revealed that monetary instruments in large quantities were routinely transferred to Hidalgotitlan, Mexico, from the business owners, employees and business address of G&R Drywall and Framing, according to the affidavits. These included vehicles, homes and U.S. currency that the affidavits claim were obtained illegally.

Under the negotiated guilty plea worked out by Ahmad and Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Schneider, chief of the Economic Crimes Unit, Paulin-Santos will also pay $28,119 in restitution, joint and several with the other defendants.

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