ONLY ON 3: Construction workers on gov’t housing project claim they’ve not been paid in full


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Submitted: Thu, 03/10/2011 - 2:55pm
Updated: Thu, 03/10/2011 - 4:24pm
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — They have worked long and hard, but have yet to be paid in full. These workers helped build the New Brooklyn Homes public housing complex on 4th Street in downtown Wilmington. They claim they have not been paid in full and are being cheated out of hundreds of dollars.

“I started on February 7, and that first Saturday everybody was due a check,” painter Roy Mosgrove said. “Everybody got a small check like a $100 to $150.”

Mosgrove said he and several others were told they would be paid in full later, but later never came.

“The same excuses keep coming around, full-circle, and it’s just one story after another,” Mosgrove said.

Mosgrove said he was hired on by NC Contracting out of Cary. He has tried to reach the company’s president Robert Miller, but has had no luck.

In the few minutes WWAY spent at the complex Wednesday shooting video several other workers came up to us and said that they have not been paid in full by NC Contracting and Robert Miller.

When WWAY tried to contact Miller by phone Wednesday afternoon an assistant said he was out sick. In an effort to find out more, we contacted the Wilmington Housing Authority, which was well aware of the situation.

“Once we were able to verify that this is in fact happening we put Clancy & Theys on notice,” said Wilmington Housing Authority CEO Michael Krause. “We expect it be resolved.”

Clancy & Theys is WHA’s general contractor. WWAY spoke to a director of the company who explained that they subcontracted the work to NC Contracting. Clancy & Theys said the company paid NC Contracting, so the problem most likely lies with NC Contracting.

We left a message on Miller’s voicemail, but WWAY has yet to hear back from him or anyone else from NC Contracting as of Thursday morning.

As for those still waiting for a check, it would mean the world if they get their money soon.

“It would mean I wouldn’t be getting evicted right now,” Mosgrove said.

As WWAY followed this story Wednesday, we were made aware of another situation involving the new housing complex. Some of the workers who have not been paid are also illegal immigrants. WWAY asked the Wilmington Housing Authority if they were aware that this was going on as well.

“We expect subcontractors to be capable, quality organizations,” Krause said. “Anything that seems to be inappropriate, whether it’s something we have direct control or not, is a concern of ours. We’ll be sure to look into that.”

Stay with WWAY on this developing story.

17 Comments

  • Freedom Of Speech says:

    April 28th and still no money.

    So much for promising all will be paid by March 31.

  • Guest says:

    This is the first time i worked for nc contracting and so far I have been paid on time. it would be nice to know how that guy worked 10 hrs a day when the gates are locked early on the weekend?

  • Justin Kamm says:

    Robert Miller has not payed anyone. He lies and So does his worker. I just file a lawsuit againts him. It cost me hafe of my crew. Times are hard enough. It took me took weeks to get my contract from his super. I had to pull my guys off the job 2 times because he would not put anything in writeing so no one could sue him. He ripped off sevarl poeple while i was there because they trusted the super word to turn in time with no contract. Now his company clams they are country wide now that they ripped off everyone in N.c. he needs to been shut down.

  • Guest says:

    we framed on this project for several months. the owner of nc contractor came to the job and offered bonues to get our buildings done on time and paid them. everyone has their opinion but i believe this man and his company to be fair. our crew has framed for them on several projects and homes in wilmington since 1998. we are currently working on a framing project for nc contracting in virgina and still have been paid perfectly.

  • Painter says:

    WE HAVE DONE DRYWALL AND PAINT FOR NC CONTRACTING FOR OVER ONE YEAR. AFTER WORKING ON THIS PROJECT WE HAVE MOVED TO THEIR OTHER PROJECT AND WILL BE BACK TO FINISH THIS PROJECT WHEN THEY ARE READY. THE OWNER HAS PAID ME ON EVERY TIME HE PROMISED. THE OWNER WENT OUT OF HIS WAY TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE MONEY EVEN WHEN HE DIDNT GET PAID. THIS STORY WAS WAY OUT OF LINE. HE WAS PERSONALLY PAYING EVERYONE FROM THE JOB TODAY AT HIS OFFICE. I SAW THAT WITH MY OWN EYES.

  • Freedom Of Speech says:

    Cheated out of hundreds of dollars??? Try thousands.

    I worked with a crew cleaning up framing defiencies for a number of weeks. I am still owed a thousand dollars from the contractor I worked for. This is money that he has not been paid and therefore unable to pay the 5 man crew he employed.

    After working on saturday (payday), we all awaited our turn to receive a check. NC contractors paid off all the mexican crews, and when it was our turn, no check. I quit putting in hours seeing that there was a money issue. My boss got some money and divied it out to the crew, $400 each. Yet, I am still owed $1000.

    Why are illegal immagrants even working on a government project? Why are the mexican crews getting paid and not the Americans that are fixing their shoddy work?

    I believe Clancy and Theyes to be a standup company, but NC Contractors should be investigated by local, state and even federal levels of government.

    I have since decided to change my profession after 16 years in the construction industry, but this money is still needed very badly.

  • GuestLee says:

    I don’t know much about this sort of stuff, but can’t you report them to the Labor Department and also take them to court on a small claims since it is under $2,500?

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    …when hell freezes over.

    Well, in their defense, if the federal government doesn’t care, why should they?

  • thegiant says:

    what a bunch of scum,
    with the unemployment rate in this area, the skilled construction workers that are out of work.
    one on the biggest contractors in the area are using illegals,
    subcontractors or not they are responsible,
    this project is funded with local and fedral funds
    why is ICE not on site ??
    what a joke.

  • Guest says:

    First..the WHA hires the contractor Clancy and theys..they do the hiring and they hire the subs…it is NOT the WHA..
    Secondly..what proof if any does WWAY have that these workers are undocumented? None in this story. Just another wild accusation from this “news” agency.
    Lastly…I bet ya a million..that there is bond on the contractor and that if they don’t get their mess togehter..the folks that WILL pay them is the WHA..cause that is an agency that does do the right thing.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    illegal immigrant labor as well. Surprise on that one.

    If there are sanctions against employers for not adequately verifying employee status, it would seem there are 2 employers in line for some fines.

  • Tired-of-a-run-around says:

    My husband worked 20 days straight, 10hrs EVERY single day. He doesnt believe in working Sundays but did to keep this job just to not get paid even a few days pay total. NC Contracting got almost $100,000 in just one week by Clancy and Theys but paid the workers waiting for $1500 checks only $100 and were trying to force them to sign lean waivers BEFORE they had even see their checks. I guess they think we are all just stupid. Its nice to know the media will help out and get the word out about these companies that cheat the hard working man out there that just wants to make a living. WWAY Channel 3 rocks. Thanks.

  • billy says:

    trust me. Robert is getting what he deserves. We are in process of issuing warrant for him defrauding us and writing bad checks.

  • Guest says:

    Just what we need another housing projects for all the scum of wilmington. Its bad enough we have one but why not add another.

  • Guest says:

    Prime example of our Gov’t at work. Clancey and Theys should be responesable for not doing their homework on subcontractors they use.I sure they took the lowest bid and ran with it .. Maybe they’re a little too comfortable with getting all of the Housing Authority’s contracts.Maybe the Housing Auth.ought to check on them…

  • billy says:

    We supplied nails to NC contracting on this job and others of his. We have not been paid on any of his jobs by him. We had to threaten to lien those jobs as well as this one in NC. We have liens in place on this job and the bond. Robert miller also owes 2 other nail suppliers on this job. Robert miller wrote us a check to pay it off but it was returned NSF. We are in the process of taking out a criminal felony warrant on him and will prosecute to the fullest extent.

  • Guest says:

    I know for a fact that Clancy and theys has been trying to get nc contracting to pay these workers
    Since the first Saturday they were supposed to get paid
    They have been lied to repeatedly and every time they were supposed
    Get paid they got a new story(lie)

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