EBSA News Brief
Office of Public Affairs Boston MA
For Immediate Release: February 5, 2014
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald or Andre J. Bowser
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Release Number: BOS 2014-016
US Labor Department secures appointment of independent fiduciary for
abandoned Albany, N.Y. 401(k) Plan
Perez v. Intelligent System Solutions 401(k) Plan
Date of Action: Jan. 28, 2014
Type of Action: Decision and Order
Name(s) of Defendant: Intelligent System Solutions 401(k) Plan
Allegations: Intelligent System Solutions, doing business as, Cipher Associates 401(k) plan, based in Albany, N.Y., is an employee defined contribution plan established in 1998. The Plan was sponsored by Intelligent System Solutions, Inc. doing business as Cipher Associates.
Jeffrey Bazinet, the plan’s trustee and only fiduciary, stopped performing his fiduciary duties on or about the year 2006. On April 20, 2011, he pled guilty to one felony count of theft of employee pension benefit funds. Due to his conviction, Bazinet is prohibited from serving as an administrator, fiduciary or officer of an ERISA-covered plan. As a result, 18 plan participants cannot access pension benefits totaling approximately $47,486.58.
On June 12, 2013, the Labor Department filed a complaint seeking the appointment of an independent fiduciary to administer the plan and distribute its assets to participants and beneficiaries.
Resolution: The court has ordered the appointment of M. Larry Lefoldt of Lefoldt & Co., P.A. as independent fiduciary for the plan with the authority to administer the plan, develop a plan for equitable adjudication and payment of outstanding participant claims for benefits and, if necessary, implement an orderly termination of the plan.
Court: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
Docket Number: 1:13-cv-669 (FJS/CFH)
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