EP flooring company ordered to pay $331k in fines, back wages

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — An East Providence flooring company’s underpayment of workers and other fraud means it must pay more than $330,000  in penalties, and won’t be getting state contracts for the next three years.

Mancieri Flooring Company, LLC, of Warren Avenue in East Providence, underpaid its workers for work at the University of Rhode Island, fraudulently filled out weekly payroll records, and wrongly misclassified employees as independent contractors.

The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training ordered the company to pay $331,000 in civil penalties, interest and back wages.

Company owner Kevin Mancieri failed to appear at a June 29 administrative hearing, following an investigation by the DLT.

During the URI flooring removal and installation job that it was subcontracted for between 2012 and 2014, Mancieri did not pay his 17 employees proper wage and overtime rates. The paperwork he’d filed with the state listed inflated pay; instead, the workers actually got much lower hourly wages of $12.50 to $25.

Mancieri also faked 1099 tax forms and submitted them to the state to hide its wage fraud.

The company must pay $70,000 in back wages, a $210,000 civil penalty (three times the amount of wages due) and a $51,000 misclassification penalty ($3,000 times 17 employees), the DLT said.

“Breaking the law not only hurts workers, it also hurts all of the Rhode Island companies that follow the rules, pay proper wages and help grow our economy,” said Governor Gina Raimondo.

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