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Nate Beck is The Daily Reporter's construction staff writer. He can be reached at (414) 225-1814 (office) or 414-388-5635 (mobile).

ON THE TRAIL OF WAGE THIEVES: Construction Business Group redoubles efforts to root out misclassification (VIDEO)

Victor Centeno, Edna Baldwin and Jeff Hennen are all investigators employed by the union-aligned organization Construction Business Group to root out worker misclassification and other forms of wage theft. All three agree that these types of abuses have become more common in Wisconsin in recent years and are particularly prevalent in the construction industry. (Staff photo by Rick Benedict)

If drywall and flooring could talk, it'd probably have a dark story to tell about Wisconsin's ongoing construction boom. Behind projects big and small, say people close to the industry, there thrives an underground economy made up of contractors who cheat their workers out of wages and benefits to deliver projects on time and under budget.

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