2 trucking company owners charged in NY WTC fraud

Two trucking company owners have been charged in New York with a fraud involving the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site.

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn on Thursday announced charges accusing the men of embezzling more than $1 million by underpaying employees and withholding benefits.

Court papers say one of the companies had a 2007 contract to take dirt and debris from the lower Manhattan site after Sept. 11 to landfills in New York, on Long Island and in New Jersey. Prosecutors allege the owner submitted false paperwork saying he had given union workers the required hourly wage and benefits on that job.

The men each would face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of embezzlement, mail fraud and tax evasion.