The Irish Overseas, “Navillus” – they were greedy and possibly influenced by the cronyism/corruption culture in Ireland ie a Meeting with Fianna Fail, the Nod the Wink, on we Go, maybe a Seat in the Seanad, and a Ticket for the Galway Races??? Maybe a game of Golf in Clifden???

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Kerry siblings in US face up to 20 years American in prison

25th October 2021


Three executives from a US company founded by a Kerry family face up to 20 years behind bars after being found guilty of frauding unions.

One of New York’s biggest construction companies, Navillus Contracting was founded more than 30 years ago by Donal, Leonard and Kevin O’Sullivan from Ballinskelligs in Co Kerry.

On Friday, a federal court in Brooklyn, New York found that the defendants engaged in ‘years-long fraud scheme designed to evade making required contributions to their employees’.Three executives from a US company founded by a Kerry family face up to 20 years behind bars after being found guilty of frauding unions. Pic: Navillus© Provided by Extra.ie Three executives from a US company founded by a Kerry family face up to 20 years behind bars after being found guilty of frauding unions. Pic: Navillus

Donal O’Sullivan, 60, the founder of Navillus Contracting, his sister Helen O’Sullivan, 61, the payroll administrator, and Padraig Naughton, 49, the company’s financial comptroller, were found guilty of 11 charges of wire fraud, mail fraud, embezzlement from employee benefits funds, submission of false remittance reports to union benefits funds, and conspiracy to commit those crimes.

‘As found by the jury, the defendants deliberately devised a fraudulent scheme to avoid making required contributions to union benefits funds on behalf of Navillus’s workers, in order to deprive the workers of benefits they had earned and deserved,’ Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said.

‘This Office and its law enforcement partners will continue to investigate and prosecute these types of blatant frauds that are harmful to workers.’However, between 2011 and 2017, the defendants placed some of Navillus’s workers on the payroll of another company (the ‘Consulting Company’) to avoid paying out these required contributions. Pic: REX Features© Provided by Extra.ie However, between 2011 and 2017, the defendants placed some of Navillus’s workers on the payroll of another company (the ‘Consulting Company’) to avoid paying out these required contributions. Pic: REX Features

The company was a signatory to multiple collective bargaining agreements that required the company to make contributions to union benefits funds — such as health, pension and vacation funds for all ‘covered work’ performed by its workers at construction sites.

However, between 2011 and 2017, the defendants placed some of Navillus’s workers on the payroll of another company (the ‘Consulting Company’) to avoid paying out these required contributions.

The Consulting Company then issued weekly paychecks to those Navillus workers for work they did on Navillus construction jobs.Navillus has been involved in a number of big projects and multi-million contracts in New York, including the the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Pic: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images© Provided by Extra.ie Navillus has been involved in a number of big projects and multi-million contracts in New York, including the the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Pic: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

To conceal the scheme from benefits fund auditors, the defendants made Consulting Company to issue fraudulent invoices.

This was in order to disguise the fact that the Navillus payments were merely funds for the wages of workers paid by the Consulting Company.

Navillus has been involved in a number of big projects and multi-million contracts in New York, including the the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

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