New Hampshire Man Pleads Guilty to Obstruction of Justice in Connection with U.S. Department of Labor Investigation and Lawsuit
CONCORD, N.H. - Kevin Corriveau, 42, of Nashua, New Hampshire, pleaded guilty in federal court today to one count of obstruction of justice in connection with an investigation and litigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley of the District of New Hampshire announced today.
According to court documents, Corriveau owned and operated a painting company, Kevin Corriveau Painting, Inc. Corriveau admitted that he caused an employee of his company 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 of the company.
From 2007 through April 2011, Corriveau had been directing employees to report only non-overtime work payroll and time records to conceal Fair Labor Standards Act 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, Massachusetts, 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, 2018.
This is believed to be the first federal criminal prosecution arising from a Labor Department wage and hour investigation in New Hampshire. 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.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert M. Kinsella and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Miller. Scott Miller is also a Senior Trial Attorney at the Labor Department’s Office of the Solicitor in Boston, Massachusetts.