Milherst Construction Inc. of Clarence has pleaded guilty in NY State Supreme Court to second degree grand larceny.
The company specializes in large site development and the plea is the highest charge the company could have been convicted of had the case gone to trial.
The Erie County DA's office says Milherst defrauded the state of almost $80,000 over the past eight years by encouraging employees to fraudulently claim unemployment insurance benefits during the winter months, when in fact they were doing snow plowing work for the company at the same time.
Milherst will also have to pay more than $12,000 in penalties to the State Department of Labor.
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