Nashua painting company owner pleads guilty to obstruction in wage caseStaff report
December 15. 2017 3:52PM
CONCORD — A Nashua man pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to one count of obstruction of justice in connection with an investigation and litigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, authorities said.
“This is believed to be the first federal criminal prosecution arising from a Labor Department wage and hour investigation in New Hampshire,” said a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
According to court documents, Kevin Corriveau, 42, of Nashua, owned and operated a painting company, Kevin Corriveau Painting Inc.
Corriveau admitted that he caused an employee to provide false information to investigators from the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division in 2009 and 2011 regarding the extent of overtime hours worked by employees.
From 2007 through April 2011, Corriveau had been directing employees to report only non-overtime work payroll and time records to conceal overtime violations from being found in those records. In 2011, Corriveau himself also falsely stated to investigators that his employees did not work overtime on a Needham, Mass., construction project.
In 2013, in connection with a civil suit filed against him by the Department of Labor for alleged overtime violations, Corriveau knowingly created and provided the department’s attorneys with fraudulent invoices and an altered change order that falsely stated that his employees did not work overtime on the Needham project.
Corriveau is scheduled to be sentenced on March 26.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s wage and hour division and Office of the Inspector General investigated the case with assistance from the department’s Office of the Solicitor and Employee Benefits Security Administration.