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Wrentham Contractor: I Conned Feds

Wael Isreb owned the now-defunct Taunton Forms.

John W. McCormack Post Office and Courthouse in Boston. Credit: http://www.gsa.gov
John W. McCormack Post Office and Courthouse in Boston. Credit: http://www.gsa.gov
A Wrentham contractor has pleaded guilty to defrauding the government in a complex job scheme.

Wael Isreb, 55, owned Taunton Forms, a now-defunct concrete construction company based in Lakeville, Mass. Aluisio Dasilva, 67, of Hudson, was also implicated.

Both men pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and making false statements.

Taunton Forms was subcontracted to renovate the John W. McCormack Post Office and Courthouse in Boston., Mass

"Beginning in December 2007, however, Isreb, DaSilva and others conspired to pay Taunton Forms workers less than the prevailing wage while certifying ... that Taunton Forms was, in fact, paying the prevailing wage," U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said in a statement. "As part of the conspiracy, the defendants agreed to report, falsely, to the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) that DaSilva and other workers had been laid off. That permitted the workers to offset their lower wages with unemployment benefits while they worked on the McCormack Building project and other projects.

"The conspiracy also permitted Taunton Forms to avoid making fringe benefit payments to certain labor union benefit plans that it was required to pay pursuant to its applicable collective bargaining agreements.  Taunton Forms also failed to withhold applicable payroll taxes."

Isreb and Dasilva are scheduled to be sentenced in July.

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janicebarba March 27, 2014 at 09:20 PM
What does this story or person have to do with Wrentham? Is this person a resident?
Derek Duchemin April 15, 2014 at 09:17 AM
that's gonna bring one hefty sentence.

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