September 1, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster filed criminal charges August 31 against Travis Lee Reynolds for violating Missouri's prevailing wage laws. Koster's suit alleges two counts of failing to pay prevailing wage.
Koster said Reynolds, who owns Reynolds Construction, was obligated to follow prevailing wage laws when he was hired as a subcontractor on the construction of Fire Station #9 in Columbia, a public works project. Reynolds failed to pay prevailing wage to two workers on the project who were doing the work of carpenters.
"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 Reynolds faces both jail time and penalties if convicted.