Owners of defunct commercial plumbing business indicted for embezzlement and wage violations

Operators of a now defunct commercial plumbing business in Georgetown. Mass., were indicted on a total of 29 counts of embezzlement and prevailing wage law violations, after taking more than $100,000 in deductions from their workers and never investing it in a retirement fund.

Roy Cheever, 67, of Topsfield, Mass., and Keith Rhodes, 54, of Swampscott, Mass., were both indicted Sept. 14. The plumbing business, Cheever & Rhodes Mechanical LLC, was shut down in Dec. 2013.

The investigation, following a referral by the Plumbers & Gasfitters Union Local 12, alleges that from Nov. 2010 through Oct. 2011, Cheever and Rhodes underpaid seven of their employees who worked on the Union Crossing project, a public construction project in the Lawrence, Mass. involving the redevelopment of a mill building.

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