A local drywall installer who allegedly failed to provide legally required workers’ compensation insurance to his employees has been arrested, according to New York State Inspector General Letizia Tagliafierro Thursday.
Dennis Hammonds, the 40-year-old owner of Schenectady’s Hammonds Drywall, LLC, was arrested and arraigned in Schenectady City Court on two counts of Effect of Failure to Secure Compensation, which is a class-E felony.
The New York State Workers’ Compensation Fraud Inspector General’s investigation found that between February 2017 and November 2018, Hammonds “worked as a drywall sub-contractor for two general contractors while failing to have required insurance.” One of those projects, according to the office of the Inspector General, was installing drywall and ceiling work at Rotterdam’s Via Port Mall between May and September 2017.
All contractors are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance for their employees, according to New York State Workers’ Compensation Law, and if they don’t for more than five employees, it is considered a felony.
“Workers’ compensation insurance is an essential and required part of legally doing business in New York State,” Tagliafierro said. “Proper coverage protects the employee, the employer and the client in the event of an accident or injury. Neglecting to provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage to employees, as this individual allegedly did, is a crime.”