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April 20, 2014
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Workers’ Compensation Board visits,county building permits to be audited


Gilberg said not enforcing the law could be detrimental to the municipality. He said if something were to happen on a job and someone is injured, and the CEO was aware that there was a fraudulent permit, the injured person could go after the municipality “for knowingly issuing a fraudulent permit.” The same would apply if a CEO failed to check to see if the contractor had coverage.

Gilberg said the WCB is going to be auditing the building permits throughout the county. “Not to check the CEOs, but instead our investigators will look for patterns of contractors who use CE200s often to see if in fact they truly worked alone or used the exemption fraudulently.”

He said the NYS comptrollers office would be auditing the permits as well.