Crime

Seattle contractor sentenced to 3 months work release for cheating workers, state

Dathan Williams, a Seattle drywall contractor who lied about paying workers prevailing wages on multiple public contracts, was sentenced to three months of work release Friday.

Williams was the target of an undercover investigation by Seattle police in 2011. According to police reports, Williams lied about paying the required prevailing wage on two public construction projects, and threatened to report workers to immigration authorities if they complained about their pay.

Williams pleaded guilty in July to two counts of second-degree theft and one count of filing false payroll documents. On Friday, a King County judge sentenced Williams to three months of work release, and also ordered him to pay a $10,000 fine, court costs, a victim penalty assessment of $500 and $100 DNA fee, according to the state Department of Labor and Industries (L&I).

“Dathan Williams refused to pay his workers the required prevailing wage for public works jobs, then lied about that to the government,” said Elizabeth Smith, L&I’s assistant director for fraud prevention and labor standards, in a news release Friday. “By paying workers a fraction of what they should have received, he won bids for construction projects that should have gone to legitimate contractors who pay their employees fairly.”

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