Plymouth Business Owner Charged in Alleged Wage Theft Scheme

GavelBOSTON – The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office has brought charges against a Plymouth business owner for allegedly stealing over $100,000 from his workers since 2011.

39-year-old John Kerrissey faces a litany of charges, including larceny, in connection with the wage theft scheme. Prosecutors say he refused to pay his workers their owed wages and used a number of methods to prevent them from getting paid.

The Attorney General’s office received a number of complaints from workers, leading to the investigation.

“When workers approach him with complaints of non-payment of wages, [Kerrissey] would allegedly use various defenses and counter allegations to avoid payment. Those tactics included telling employees that the money should be in the account, that they did not earn the wages, that they had to work for nothing, and that he would take out criminal complaints for their purported “theft” from him if they attempted to use the legal system to obtain their wages,” the Attorney General’s office said in a release.

Kerrissey owns Kerrissey LLC and Sunrise Equipment and Excavation. The businesses have also been charged in connection with the scheme.

Kerrissey is scheduled for arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court on October 26 and will later be arraigned in Plymouth Superior Court.

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