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June 14, 2013

Andover man convicted in grand jury obstruction case

BOSTON – An Andover man has been convicted in federal court on charges of obstructing a grand jury investigation.

Kamlesh Patel, 48, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge George O’Toole, Jr. to obstruction by destruction and alteration of documents in connection with a grand jury investigation, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the office of U.S. Attorney Carmin Ortiz.

Patel had earlier received a grand jury subpoena for records relating to his business dealings with another company and claims that the other company was owned and operated by a service-disabled veteran.

Patel was aware that he had documents on his computer that were relevant to the subpoena and the pending investigation. Patel nonetheless deleted those documents, the statement said.

Patel, who owned J&J Contractors of Lowell, could not be reached for comment. A person answering the phone at J&J Contractors said Patel was no longer affiliated with the company at 35 Market St., Suite 401.

Patel, who owns a $1.6 million home on Trevino Circle in Andover, started the company about 17 years ago and built it into a multi-million-dollar construction firm. The company, according to its Website, has dozens of contracts for major federal, state and local governments.

It also does work for private firms, including Mainstream Global in Lawrence. According to the company Website, Patel’s company renovated the interior and exterior of the JJ Levis Paper building on Canal Street as part of a $2.2 million project.

The building, formerly owned by the Levis family, is now owned by Juan and Luis Yepez, CEO and COO, respectively, of Mainstream Global, a computer shipping firm.

J&J Contractors has built schools, military facilities and even border crossings for the U.S. government.

According to a lengthy profile of Patel published in 2011 by Construction Today, the company built a border crossing between the U.S. and Canada in Calais, Maine, a $57.8 million project for the General Services Administration.

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