Not too long ago, the owner of an auto glass shop in Albuquerque, New Mexico, discovered to his chagrin that the Department of Labor (DOL) isn’t messing around when, as part of an audit, they ask for business records. Most of what they ask for are records you’re legally required to keep, and foot-dragging or outright failure to produce those documents tends to raise the investigators’ suspicions.
On June 14, 2014, DOL investigators requested documentation related to his payroll records, sales volume and employee documentation from Walter Dill, owner of the somewhat ironically named ASAP Auto Glass & Detailing. For whatever reason, Dill couldn’t (or wouldn’t) produce the records “ASAP.” On April 7, 2015, nearly 10 months after the original request, a U.S. District Court judge granted the Secretary of Labor’s petition to enforce a subpoena for the records.
You might think that would be enough… and you would be wrong. On May 29, Dill was found by the judge to be in contempt of the order. But the judge still gave him one last chance to comply, scheduling a final hearing on July 15, 2015, more than a year after the original request.