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Concrete Company Under Investigation

Concrete Company Under Investigation
August 11
10:20 2015

A Hildale,Utah, concrete company under federal investigation for allegedly using underpaid minors as its workforce is a key Walmart subcontractor.

Phaze Concrete has been a subcontractor on 70 Walmart stores since 2003.  Projects include ground-up construction and remodels.

The average per-contract pay-out to Phaze has been $3.5 million.

After federal investigators determined Phaze had been using teenagers to operate heavy machinery while paying them below minimum wage, the company was fined $10,000.

A business ledger seized by authorities showed donations of $100,000 a month from Phaze to Yearning for Zion Ranch, a Texas compound owned by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ, a polygamous group based in Hildale and Colorado City, Arizona.  Sect leader Warren Jeffs is serving time in prison for sex crimes committed against underage girls at the ranch.

Phaze general manager Dan Jessop recently insisted the company has given no money to the church.  He said Phaze works contracts ranging from Mississippi to California.

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