Schenectady drywall installer arrested for allegedly failing to provide employees workers’ comp

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New York State inspector general Letizia Tagliafierro said a local drywall installer was arrested Thursday for allegedly failing to take out statutory workers’ compensation insurance.

Dennis Hammonds, the 40-year-old owner of Schenectadys Hammonds Drywall, LLC, was arrested and charged in Schenectady City Court.

The investigation by the New York State Workers’ Compensation Fraud Inspector General found that Hammonds “acted as a drywall sub-contractor for two general contractors without the need for insurance” between February 2017 and November 2018. One of these projects, according to the general inspector’s office, was the installation of drywall and ceiling work in Rotterdam’s Via Port Mall between May and September 2017.

All contractors are required to purchase workers ‘compensation insurance for their employees under the New York State Workers’ Compensation Law. If they do not employ more than five workers, it is considered a criminal offense.

“Workers’ compensation insurance is an essential and necessary part of doing business legally in New York State,” Tagliafierro said. “Proper coverage protects the employee, employer and customer in the event of an accident or injury. It is a crime not to insure workers, as was allegedly the case.

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