A Babylon contractor and his daughter were charged with multiple counts of grand larceny stemming from a $787,000 scheme directed against other contractors, their clients, insurers and employees, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said.
The father, Anthony Rotondaro, 59, and his daughter, Jamie Rotondaro, 32, of Glen Cove, were indicted along with the father’s companies: Reniss Contracting, Inc., and Janic Construction Corp.
The two Manhattan-based companies the duo ran served as general contractors for interior construction projects throughout New York City, Vance said. They failed to pay at least 11 subcontractors a total of $328,000 for completing projects at six buildings in Manhattan and Queens, he said.
The work sites ranged from downtown Manhattan — 156 William St. and 250 Bowery — to midtown addresses including 386 Park Ave. S., 126 E. 56th St. and 38 E. 32nd St..
The duo also stole more than $428,000 from a client “by misappropriating advance payments” they received for two separate projects, Vance said.
After the Rotondaros closed their two companies, they set up a new one, called Inspire 1, which also appears to have carried out the same kinds of crimes, prosecutors said.
The daughter and the first two companies also were charged with defrauding and attempting to defraud insurer Empire BlueCross BlueShield out of more than $13,000, Vance said.
Though Jamie knew the insurance premiums that were due had not been paid, employees were told to continue seeing health care providers who billed the insurer from March 2014 to October 2014, Vance said.
The insurer paid claims topping $6,500 over this period.
Jamile Rotondaro was also charged with stealing more than $18,000 in 401(k) contributions made by an employee between April 2012 and April 2014, prosecutors said.
The father and daughter both were represented by public defenders, and both pleaded not guilty before Judge Roger Hayes of the New York State Supreme Court, who set bail for each defendant at $200,000 in cash or $500,000 in bond, prosecutors said.
The daughter, who faces additional counts for insurance fraud, told the court she rents her home and has no tangible assets, not even a car, prosecutors said. She was released on bail, according to the Department of Correction website.
The father remains incarcerated, according to the website.