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Labor Department Sues Bloomfield Hills Company For Failing To Forward Contributions To Plan

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The U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit against a Bloomfield Hills, Mich., company and its 401(k) plan trustee for failing to forward employee contributions to the plan.

Defendants are Mica Resources Limited, its wholly-owned subsidiary Mica Metals, Inc. and president of both companies William Zebedee. Zebedee also served as trustee to the 401(k) plan.

The plan had 19 participants and assets of $651,070 as of Dec. 31, 1996. Mica Resources Limited is a holding company that derived its income from Mica Metals, Inc., a recycling business with plants in Bedford, Ind. and Bay City, Mich.

Mica Metals filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Indiana in July, 1998, and the Labor Department filed a proof of claim in this bankruptcy proceeding on Dec. 2, 1998.

In its lawsuit, the department alleges that from Jan. 1, 1995 to Dec. 31, 1995, the companies withheld from employees’ pay their voluntary contributions to the plan but failed to remit the money to the plan in a timely fashion. The lawsuit further alleges that from Jan. 1, 1996 through March 31, 1997, none of the withheld employee contributions were forwarded to the plan.

The department is asking the court to order the defendants to repay the plan with interest for any losses incurred as a result of violating the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, and to remove Zebedee from his position and permanently bar him from serving any employee benefit plan covered by ERISA. In addition, the department is asking for the appointment of an independent fiduciary to manage the plan.

The lawsuit resulted from an investigation conducted by the Detroit District Office of the department’s Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration into alleged violations of the federal pension law. The lawsuit was filed in federal district court on August 13 in Detroit.

(Herman v. Micah Metals, Inc .)
Civil Action No. CV99-74006

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Contact Name: Sharon Morrissey
Phone Number: 202.219.8921

Employee Benefits Security Administration
August 13, 1999
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