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Employee Benefits Security Administration

EBSA News Brief

Office of Public Affairs Boston MA
For Immediate Release: February 25, 2014
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald or Andre J. Bowser
Phone: (617) 565-2075 or (617) 565-2074
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Release Number: BOS 2014-027

US Department of Labor secures appointment of independent fiduciary
for abandoned Brooklyn, NY, retirement plan
Perez v. People of Color in Crisis 403(b) Retirement Plan

Date of Action: February 14, 2014

Type of Action: Judgment and Order

Name(s) of Defendant: People of Color in Crisis 403(B) Retirement Plan

Allegations: The plan was established on or about Nov. 1, 2002 by People of Color in Crisis Inc. The company ceased operations in December 2008. From at least 2008, no individual or entity has come forward to assume fiduciary responsibility for the plan or to distribute its assets to the plan’s five participants. There is no fiduciary actively functioning on behalf of the plan. As a result, the plan’s remaining five participants cannot access the plan’s $39,133.41 in assets. The department filed suit in June 2013 seeking the appointment of an independent fiduciary.

Resolution: The court has ordered the appointment of M. Larry Lefoldt, CPA, as independent fiduciary to administer the plan, distribute its assets to the plan participants and beneficiaries and, if necessary, terminate the plan in accordance with applicable plan documents, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and other applicable federal law.

Court: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Docket Number: 1:13-cv-03427-RRM-JMA

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