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Central Falls Business Owner Pleads to Failure to Pay Employee

Ordered to pay wages of $1,536 and fined $768

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Claudio Carreiro (age 33), with a last known address of 24 Watson Street, Central Falls, pleaded nolo contendere today in Providence District Court before Justice Elaine T. Bucci to one count of violating a final order of the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (RI-DLT) in violation of RIGL 28-14-4, Payment on Separation by Employer.

Carreiro was sentenced to a 90-day suspended sentence with 90 days probation, and was ordered to pay restitution for unpaid wages in the amount of $1,536 and a $768 fine to the RI-DLT.

Had the case proceeded to trial, the State was prepared to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Carreiro, doing business as Construction Carreiro, failed to pay his employee Edgar Solis for four weeks worth of wages for time that Solis worked between May 27, 2011 and June 15, 2011 in the amount of $1,536.

The employee, Edgar Solis, filed a complaint with the Labor Standards Unit at RI-DLT. A hearing was held on March 9, 2012, resulting in a decision ordering Carreiro to pay wages to Solis in the amount of $1,536 and a penalty in the amount of $768. Carreiro failed to comply with the Order, and the case was referred to the Office of Attorney General for criminal prosecution. The defendant then failed to appear for his pretrial conference on January 14, 2014 and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Carreiro was picked up on the warrant by the Rhode Island State Police Fugitive Task Force on February 10, 2014 at the request of the Office of the Attorney General.

Investigator John Rabbit investigated the matter and Genevieve Allaire Johnson prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of Attorney General.

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