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June 17, 2009

Attorney General Koster files criminal charges against Jasper County man for prevailing wage violations

Jefferson City, Mo. -- Attorney General Chris Koster has filed criminal charges against Michael B. Robin of Neosho for violating Missouri's prevailing wage laws. Koster filed six counts of failure to pay prevailing wage and one count of rebating a worker's wage.

Koster said Robin, who does business as Plumbco, Inc., was required to follow prevailing wage laws when hired as a subcontractor to work on Joplin R-8 Junior High School in Jasper County. Instead, Koster said Robin falsified records to make it appear that workers worked fewer hours than they had worked and to make it look as if he had paid workers the prevailing wage, as required by law. In reality, workers worked full-time for less than the prevailing wage rate.

In addition, Robin failed to pay overtime and classified at least one worker at a lower skill and pay level than he was. Robin also rebated workers' wages after making restitution for overtime hours by lowering their subsequent paychecks.

"Missouri's prevailing wage law has been clear for more than 50 years; prevailing wages must be paid on Missouri's public works and construction projects," Koster said. "The Attorney General's office will aggressively enforce and pursue charges against any contractor who knowingly violates the prevailing wage law and does not pay workers what they are due."

Koster said Robin faces both jail time and penalties.

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