Contractor charged for failing to pay Scott Co. workers prevailing wage rates

By Heartland News

(KFVS) - A Michigan contractor faces charges in Scott County after investigators say the business failed to pay workers the right wages.

Municipal Construction Incorporated out of Goodrich, Michigan was hired to perform work on the Scott County Public Water System Supply District Number 4.

Missouri law requires all workers on construction projects for a public body be paid the prevailing wage rates and be paid for overtime work.

Investigators say the company didn't do that, so the county prosecutor filed 11 criminal counts against MCI's president, Norman Bass of Goodrich, Michigan.  Bass faces five counts of felony forgery, and six counts of violating the Missouri Prevailing Wage laws.  Project Superintendent Thomas LaCosse of South Lake, Texas faces six counts of violating the Missouri Prevailing Wage Laws.

An investigation by the Missouri Labor Department's Division of Labor Standards revealed the contractors allegedly violated the law on numerous occasions by failing to pay workers back wages for performing overtime work, and not paying the correct wages for the their occupational title. The department's audits also revealed at least 17 affected workers who were underpaid a total of $65,788.05.

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