The attorney general’s office said Hawbaker stole more than $20 million from workers’ fringe benefits such as retirement and health insurance, using the money to pad its bottom line, undercut competitors, and fund internal projects and company bonuses.

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The family-run company “fleeced workers in order to put more money back into their pockets,” Shapiro said. “They defrauded taxpayers who ultimately paid for these projects, and cost honest companies a fair shot at these bids.”

Between 2015 and 2018, according to an affidavit of probable cause, Hawbaker diverted more than $15 million in retirement contributions meant for workers subject to the prevailing wage laws to fund pension...

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