From the NY Times:
The interior-construction industry is hidden from the view of most New Yorkers, but billions of dollars a year are spent building and rebuilding the walls and guts of the city’s corporate towers.
Investigators seized records from Sweeney & Harkin Carpentry and Dry Wall Corporation this week in an inquiry into the interior-construction industry.
The industry is coming into public focus for the second time in a dozen years as investigators from the Manhattan district attorney’s office expand their investigation into possible corruption by contractors suspected of stealing hundreds of millions of dollars using false invoices from electrical, drywall, plumbing and mechanical contractors.
On three successive days this week, state troopers and detectives from the Manhattan district attorney’s office raided three prominent subcontractors, the P.J. Mechanical Corporation in Manhattan; Sirina Fire Protection Corporation in New Hyde Park, on Long Island; and Sweeney & Harkin Carpentry and Dry Wall Corporation, in Long Island City, Queens.
Investigators served search warrants and carried off billing records and computer hard drives, although none of the companies were charged with any wrongdoing.
They are among roughly 70 companies that the district attorney’s office is looking at as part of its inquiry.