Contractor gets probation in prevailing wage case

Indianapolis construction contractor David Roark was sentenced Wednesday in Marion County Court to two years of probation after he was accused of violating the state's common wage law.

The owner of D. Roark Drywall LLC agreed in June to plead guilty to Class D felony theft to avoid more extensive charges for underpaying drywall installers for their work on the Barton Towers project in downtown Indianapolis.

Roark was taken into custody in February 2013 on two counts of forgery, one count of theft, and five misdemeanor counts of common construction wage violation.

As part of a plea agreement, Roark is also required to complete 200 hours of community service work and make $24,311 in restitution to two employees.

The Barton Towers project was federally-funded and thus subject to prevailing wage requirements of the Federal Davis-Bacon Act.

Two of Roark’s employees were paid as little as $12 an hour when the required minimum prevailing wage plus fringe benefits was $39.91 per hour.
 

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