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Suffolk DA: "A theft of government funds, pure and simple.:

Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota today announced the indictment and arraignment of a company president and her two adult children for a pair of separate criminal schemes; the overbilling of Islip town for Superstorm Sandy cleanup, and the submission of false payroll records to hide the firm's non-compliance with state wage laws.

District Attorney Spota said the company’s inflated billing resulted in a $148,000 overpayment by taxpayers for the Datre company’s Superstorm Sandy tree removal and otherwork in 2012."In reality, it's a theft of government funds, pure and simple," Spota said.“The defendants billed Islip $208,295 for their labor costs –that’s how much Datre claimed they paid their 20 workers during the storm emergency,” Spota said.“However company payroll records show the actual wages they paid their laborers during the storm cleanup in Islip was $85,000, not $208,000.” View_PDF_of_Press_Release

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