SANTA ANA – A Pico Rivera businessman and his son pleaded guilty on Tuesday to embezzling about $300,000 from their employees’ wages on public works jobs.

Daniel Jacob Siapin, 60, and Gabriel Daniel Siapin, 37, who both live in La Habra Heights, pleaded guilty to a court offer of 28 felony counts of taking and receiving a portion of worker’s wage on public works, and 32 felony counts of recording a false and forged instrument with a sentencing enhancement for property loss over $200,000. Daniel Siapin’s California state contractor’s license was revoked today by the court. Daniel Siapin and Gabriel Siapin are each expected to sentenced to 90 days in jail, three years formal probation, ordered to pay over $227,000 in restitution, and are prohibited from working on any other public works contracts at their sentencing on April 11, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-57, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Daniel Siapin owns a landscaping, irrigation and maintenance company that his son helps him run.

The two violated a law requiring them to provide a minimum prevailing wage to their employees on a project for Lakeside Middle School in Lakeside, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

In February 2010, the city of Los Angeles penalized their company for failing to pay prevailing wages on a public works job, according to prosecutors.

Between 2011 and February 2013, the two did not deposit about $300,000 in an account for the fringe benefits of employees on a project in Orange County and instead pocketed the money, prosecutors said.

When the two were indicted last year, prosecutors said they could face up to 24 years in prison if convicted of all the charges at trial.

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