NYC Local Boss Re-Sentenced for Role in Construction Union Ghost-Worker Scam

Charles Novak thought he got a bum rap at his original sentence, so he sought leniency afterward. He got it, too, though in an amount that makes one wonder whether the effort was worth it. The former vice president and business agent of International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 1 had been doing time in federal prison for two years following his jury conviction for helping to operate a ghost-worker scheme at nearly 20 high-rise construction sites in the New York City area. On February 6, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York re-sentenced him to 97 months in prison, a slight reduction from the original nine-year sentence, plus three years of supervised release, that U.S. District Judge David Trager handed him in December 2004. Novak also had been ordered to pay $289,000 in restitution and a $15,000 special assessment, and forfeit $300,000 in assets.    

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