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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 31, 2013

Quality Roofing, Inc., Pleads Guilty to Submitting False Documents to Government

ROCHESTER, N.Y.-- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Quality Roofing, Inc., a Michigan-based corporation, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa to preparing and submitting false documents to the government.  The charge carries a maximum penalty of a fine of $500,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant was a subcontractor on a government roofing project at the Kenneth B. Keating Federal Building in 2007-2008. Quality Roofing was required to pay its employees the prevailing wage, as established by the Secretary of Labor, and to submit weekly certified payrolls confirming this fact. The defendant did not pay its employees the prevailing wage, but falsely claimed in its certified payrolls that it had done so.

As part of the plea, Quality Roofing has agreed to pay a fine of $75,000 to the United States, and restitution to its employees in the amount of $19,197.50, which represents the difference between what the employees should have been paid and what they were actually paid.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the General Services Administration, under the direction of James E. Adams, and the Department of Labor, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Robert L. Panella.

Sentencing is scheduled for date April 15, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. before Judge Siragusa.