Contractor Sentenced to Federal Prison.
November 18, 2014
An Essex County, N.J. contractor who was paid nearly $100,000 to renovate the home of a Bronx, N.Y., woman, was sentenced today to 14 months in prison for defrauding her of the money in connection with the remodeling project. Raymond Norville, 45, of Orange, N.J., owner of RRL Unique Homes Inc., a construction company, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano in Trenton federal court to a superseding information charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Judge Pisano imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.
Norville was originally investigated by the Waterfront Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General in connection with his company’s contract with ILA Local 1233 to renovate their headquarters in Newark. An indictment handed down in August 27, 2012 charged that Norville conspired with the then Secretary-Treasurer, Gregory “Ronnie” Taylor to steal union funds by submitting fraudulent invoices for renovations at the local. The invoices were for work that was never actually performed, or that was double-billed or had grossly inflated costs. Former Local 1233 Secretary-Treasurer Taylor pleaded guilty to Embezzling Union Funds under a separate indictment.
Today’s sentence was the result of the investigative work of the Waterfront Commission and the US Department of Labor. A copy of the press release announcing the sentencing from the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey is attached.
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