New York Construction Company President Sentenced for Prevailing Wage Scheme
On October 12, 2012, Mohammad Azam Beig was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Brooklyn, New York, to serve nine months of home confinement to be followed by three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay a forfeiture in the amount of $1,879,575 and a $500 special assessment.
In September 2007, Mr. Beig pled guilty to mail fraud and obstruction of justice resulting from his participation in a scheme to defraud public contracting agencies. He required laborers at Takbeer Enterprises to kickback a portion of their earnings, which resulted in the submittal of false certified payrolls on federally funded contracts with DOT grantee agencies such as the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Port Authority of New York New Jersey, and New York City School Construction Authority. In addition, while under a cooperation agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office, he continued to commit crimes by paying some of his workers in cash and not reporting the wages to the IRS, resulting in a tax loss of approximately $14,000.