Jose Lopez had no idea he had been cheated out of wages ten years ago when he worked for a contractor that was building for the city of New York.

Lucky for him he hailed a taxi cab belonging to Mody Camara.

Mody recognized him as one of the workers they’d been searching for–and told him he was going to get a fantastic surprise from the NYC comptroller.

On Thursday, the immigrant and his three friends, who were also working on the job a decade ago, received checks of $50,000 each.

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The city knows that other immigrants were taken advantage of and is holding $7,000,000 until the workers are located.

(WATCH the video below, or READ more from CBS-NY)

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