Call or email us anytime
(805) 484-0333
Search Guide
Today is Sunday, May 09, 2021 -

News Articles

Excavator Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter, Workers' Compensation Fraud

  • State: New York
  • Topic: NORTH
  • - Popular with: Legal

A Long Island-based excavator whose immigrant worker was buried alive in a Manhattan cave-in accident in 2015 has agreed to pay a $10,000 fine and $100,000 penalty from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as part of a manslaughter plea.

The guilty plea by Sky Materials Corp. is the fourth criminal conviction in the death of Carlos Moncayo, 22, an undocumented Ecuadorean who died in an unshored trench, Newsday reported.

Sky also pleaded guilty to lying about its payroll to save on workers’ compensation premiums and submitting false documents to city regulators, the newspaper reported.

The company’s owner, Michael Cholowsky, 53, of Manhasset, also faces charges in the workers’ compensation fraud case and was not covered by the plea deal, Newsday said. His case is scheduled for a hearing in June.

General contractor Harco Construction of Manhattan previously was convicted of manslaughter and fined $10,000, while Harco site supervisor Alfonso Prestia and Sky foreman Wilmer Cueva were convicted of criminally negligent homicide.

No Comments

Log in to post a comment


Do not post libelous remarks. You are solely responsible for the postings you input. By posting here you agree to hold harmless and indemnify WorkCompCentral for any damages and actions your post may cause.

Featured Video

Upcoming Events

  • May 10-13, 2021

    NCCI 2021 Annual Issues Sympos

    The National Council on Compensation insurance on Tuesday announced that its 2021 Annual Issues Sy …

  • May 10-11, 2021

    CSIA 2021 Annual Meeting

    Dear CSIA members, sponsors and supporters: We are pleased to announce that CSIA will be holding …

  • May 12, 2021

    Webinar: Meet Apricus, A Speci

    We’re saying goodbye to the term ancillary when it comes to caregiving in workers’ compensation. T …

Workers' Compensation Events

Social Media Links

c/o Business Insurance Holdings, Inc.
PO Box 1010
Greenwich, CT 06836
(805) 484-0333