For Immediate Release - September 02, 2011

AG Dbars Taunton Power Washing Company for One Year

Company Failed to Pay Penalty for Wage Violations

BOSTON - A Taunton power washing company and its owner have been debarred for one year from working on public projects after failing to comply with civil citations issued by the Attorney General's Office, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.

In September 2010, the AG's Fair Labor Division began an investigation of All Washed Up Mobile Washing, Inc., (All Washed Up) and its owner, Jason Graca, age 31, of Taunton, regarding the company's compliance with the prevailing wage and payroll record keeping laws. In July 2011, as a result of the investigation, the AG's Office cited Graca and his company for failing to pay three employees $2,245 in prevailing wages for work done at three public construction projects: the Arlington Fire Station, the Worcester Psychiatric Hospital and J. Michael Ruane Judicial Center in Salem. The AG's Office also cited Graca and his company for failing to submit true and accurate payroll records to the awarding authorities; failing to issue suitable pay stubs to 10 employees; and failing to keep true and accurate payroll records. Graca and his company were also ordered to pay a $3,100 penalty for the violations.

"The prevailing wage and records keeping laws are designed to protect both workers' rights and the integrity of public works projects," AG Coakley said. "We will hold accountable those contractors who fail to follow these laws, cheating both the Commonwealth and taxpayers of public funds."

All Washed Up and Graca failed to pay the penalty or appeal the citations, as required by Massachusetts Law. For failing to take any action on the citations, the AG's Office has debarred All Washed Up and Graca from bidding on, contracting, or performing any public construction work for one year from the date of citation. Under state law, the company can complete public works projects currently under contract.

Additional information concerning prevailing wage and public bidding laws, including a list of debarred contractors is available at the Attorney General's website www.mass.gov/ago.

The case was handled by Assistant Attorney General Miranda S. Jones and investigated by Investigator Nuno R. Fontes Montrond, both of Attorney General Coakley's Fair Labor Division.

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