APALACHIN, NY (WETM) – Two Tioga County men have been arrested and face multiple felony charges for allegedly failing to provide safe working conditions for their construction workers.
Robert Peretore, 37, and Jeremy Hall, 41, were both arrested by New York State Police and arraigned in Owego, according to New York State Inspector General Lucy Lang. The charges stem from an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General of Workers’ Compensation Fraud.
According to the investigation, Peretore and Hall operated under the trade name T&R Contracting Services, LLC and submitted building permits to the City of Owego between October 2020 and April 2021 for the construction of a storage shed, repair of a collapsed barn and the installation of a roof and siding on a house. The inspector general said Peretore and Hall claimed they did not need to carry workers’ compensation insurance because they had no employees.
However, Peretore and Hall reportedly employed more than five workers for the projects and did not get workers’ compensation. Under NYS law, all contractors must have indemnity insurance if they have more than five employees, according to the inspector general.
Peretore was charged with two counts of 1st degree offering of a false deposit instrument, two counts of fraudulent practices and one count of failure to obtain compensation. Hall was charged with one count of 1st degree offer to false deposit instrument, one count of fraudulent practices and one count of failure to obtain compensation.
“Business owners must provide legally required workers’ compensation insurance for their workers or they will be held liable,” Inspector General Lang said. “Putting workers at risk to save money is unacceptable in New York State.”