Contractor DocGo, hired by New York City to handle migrant services, hired more than 50 unlicensed security guards for upstate hotels, according to state officials
Three subcontractors hired by DocGo — Trace Assets Protection Service and Wawanda Investigations and Security Company — received warnings Friday from the New York State Department, which oversees security licensing for subcontractors.
The companies were given until Wednesday to provide the proper paperwork.
“Based on the preliminary results of our investigation, the Department has reasonable grounds to conclude that the following individuals are providing security services at the hotels without proper authorization and in violation of applicable law,” Whitney Clark, Assistant Secretary of State for Business Development, wrote in the letters , which are available to the Post.
Failure to respond “could result in the suspension or revocation of their licenses,” Clark wrote. Clark alleges that Wawanda Investigations had 36 unlicensed guards and Trace Assets had 16 undocumented.
The letters were first reported by the New York Times.
The audit comes after Gov. Kathy Hochul ordered a review of the services of DocGo, a medical services company, after expressing dissatisfaction with the company in response to a series of complaints.
“To protect the safety and well-being of all New Yorkers, Governor Hochul has ordered a state review of DocGo’s contract to provide services to asylum seekers, and that review is ongoing,” a spokesman for the governor said.
DocGo hired the two companies, which provided security for hotels in Albany, Schenectady and Erie counties, after winning a $432 million contract from the Big Apple to provide medical care, housing and meals for migrants.
The company’s CEO said last month he hopes the NYC deal will help the company secure a $4 billion deal with the government to provide medical care to asylum seekers in the first few days after crossing the border.
Calls to the subcontractors were not answered immediately.
“When DocGo received letters on Friday about potential issues with the registration of our security provider’s staff, it responded quickly and launched an immediate investigation,” said a DocGo spokesperson, claiming, “Our operations team has confirmed that since receiving the letter, no staff was present that did not do so.” Registered individuals were employed to work at our sites.
“Should the investigation corroborate these claims, we will take immediate corrective action, including replacing any security company found to be in breach,” the spokesman added.
DocGo is also facing an investigation by the Attorney General.