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US Labor Department files lawsuit alleging fiduciaries failed to remit contributions to The Trotter Construction Company, Inc. 401(K) Plan

Fiduciaries also failed to remit participant premiums for health, dental and vision insurance

Date of Action:  June 29, 2011

Names of Defendants:  James H. Trotter, Sr.; Sylvia Trotter; Trotter Construction Company, Inc.; Trotter Development Group, NC, LLC, and The Trotter Construction Company, Inc. 401(K) Plan located in Indianapolis, Ind.

Allegations: Trotter Construction Company, Inc. and Trotter Development Group NC LLC are owned by James Trotter. Trotter Construction sponsored the Trotter Construction Company, Inc. 401(k) Plan and welfare benefit plans which provided health, vision and dental benefits. 

From Aug. 22, 2008, through May 15, 2009, Trotter Construction withheld $27,799 in participant contributions and $9,490 in participant loan repayment from participant’s salaries and did not remit these amounts to the Plan.  In addition, Trotter Construction withheld $18,517 in employee health premiums, $497 in employee vision premiums and $2,560 in employee dental premiums from participant’s salaries after the welfare benefit policies had been canceled by the service providers due to lack of payment. 

Resolution:  The department is asking the court to order the defendants to make the plans whole for any losses and permanently enjoin the defendants from serving as a fiduciary or service provider to an ERISA covered plan. 

Court:  United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis, Ind.

Docket Number: 1:11-cv-0881

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Employee Benefits Security Administration
June 30, 2011
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