Boston contractor, owner charged with perjury related to jobsite deaths

A Massachusetts district attorney indicted Atlantic Coast Utilities, along with its proprietor, Laurence Moloney, and an worker, Konstantinos Kollias, for perjury on Nov. 30.

The Wayland, Massachusetts-based mostly contractor allegedly lied on Mattocks-Higgins Affidavits of Office Basic safety, according to a push launch from the business office of Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins. The varieties ended up on file when the business secured permits to function on a Large Road jobsite in Boston, where two personnel were killed in February 2021.

Atlantic Coast Utilities was indicted on 4 counts of perjury, and Moloney was indicted on three counts. Kollias, an staff, was indicted on a single count. The Mattocks-Higgins Affidavits are made use of to figure out any previous violations by a firm, and whether the business was in the OSHA Extreme Violator Enforcement Program. 

The district attorney’s business office alleged that the firm, Moloney and Kollias, less than soreness of perjury, submitted the Mattocks-Higgins Affidavits to the city of Boston claiming that the organization experienced in no way been cited by OSHA for fines, when in truth it experienced been issued citations by the workplace protection agency on September 8, 2016, and all over again on June 3, 2019, according to the district attorney’s office environment.  

The firm submitted the affidavits 4 moments saying that it experienced no record of OSHA violations. Moloney submitted these varieties a few instances, on three individual dates, while Kollias submitted the affidavit on just one situation. Every submission of the kind direct to a perjury indictment.

The two staff, Jordy Alexander Castaneda Romero, 27, and Juan Carlos Figueroa Gutierrez, 33, ended up killed when a dump truck struck and pushed them into a 9-foot-deep excavated trench on the Superior Road jobsite. OSHA originally fined the firm and Moloney $1.3 million. Moloney had repeated violations and a background of evading OSHA fines, according to the company.

Because 2001, Moloney has been investigated 6 times and fined an further 14 situations, in accordance to a Office of Labor push launch from August. Prior to this February, Moloney experienced $81,242 in fines, of which $73,542 was unpaid and has been referred to personal debt selection, in accordance to the launch.