NEWARK, NJ – A Somerset County man was charged Thursday after he allegedly lied during proceedings before the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.
Robert Riley, 42, of Far Hills is charged with one count of perjury. Riley was scheduled to make his initial appearance Thursday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk in Newark federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, Riley, who owns RSR Home Construction located in Bernardsville, became the subject of an OSHA safety investigation after two separate incidents in which workers fell from a roof and were seriously injured.
The workers had purportedly been tasked by Riley to perform roof repairs on a barn structure without proper training or safety equipment. As part of its investigation, OSHA took Riley’s deposition, at which he testified under oath that he never authorized anyone to perform roof repairs. Text messages from Riley to construction workers reveal that he instructed the very roof work that precipitated the fall incidents, according to the documents.
The perjury charge carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.