Inspector general: Contractor arrested for not providing workers’ comp in Cayuga County

A central New York contractor was arrested Tuesday and charged with a felony for failing to provide proper coverage to his employees during a project in Cayuga County, the New York state inspector general said.

According to a press release, 37-year-old Steven Pollot was charged with the workers’ compensation crime of failure to secure compensation.

Following an investigation, Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott found that Pollot — the owner of D&S Home Improvements-Property Maintenance — has never obtained workers’ compensation coverage for his employees. Specifically, Scott said Pollot did not cover himself and seven employees during a siding and roof repair project in Cayuga County in 2015.

“This contractor’s alleged fraud left his workers vulnerable, enabling him to pocket extra profits while also giving him an unfair advantage over honest New York businesses,” Scott said.

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