FINGER LAKES CONTRACTOR FACES FELONY FOR...R HIS EMPLOYEES

ALBANY – New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott today announced the arrest of a Seneca
County contractor on a felony Workers’ Compensation charge for failing to provide required coverage for his
employees.

Steven Pollot, 37, of Waterloo, owner of D&S Home Improvements-Property Maintenance, was arrested and
charged today with the Workers’ Compensation crime of Failure to Secure Compensation, a felony.
An investigation by Inspector General Leahy Scott found that Pollot has never obtained Workers’
Compensation coverage for employees of his business and during a 2015 siding and roof repair project at a
Cayuga County home he employed seven people, not including himself. Pollot confirmed he had employees on
the project including several employees he hired through Craigslist. Under New York State law, employers are
required to obtain Workers’ Compensation coverage for anyone they employ.

“This contractor’s alleged fraud left his workers vulnerable, enabling him to pocket extra profits while also
giving him an unfair advantage over honest New York businesses,” said Inspector General Leahy Scott. “The
State’s Workers’ Compensation system is a vital protection for honest employees and I will pursue anyone who
abuses it.”

Workers’ Compensation fraud impacts all New Yorkers, from increased insurance premiums to increased
workloads for coworkers and an overall reduction in workforce productivity.

Pollot was arraigned in the Aurelius Town Court and released on $1,000 cash bail pending his reappearance in
court Dec. 6, 2017.

Inspector General Leahy Scott thanked the New York State Police for their assistance with the investigation and
arrest, and Cayuga County District Attorney Jon E. Budelmann and his office for assisting with the
investigation and prosecuting this matter.