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Labor Department obtains consent judgment securing the restoration of nearly $71,000 to Wilmington, Del., retirement plan

Date of Action: Sept. 4, 2013

Name(s) of Defendants: Progressive Services Inc., Michael Hirst and Peg Hirst

Allegations: The department filed a complaint against Wilmington, Del.-based Progressive Services Inc., and its officers Michael and Peg Hirst, on Aug. 21, 2013, alleging that from January 2009 through December 2011, the defendants failed to deposit $53,809 in elective employee contributions and loan repayments to the Progressive Services, Inc. 401(k) Plan.  In addition, the department found that the defendants failed to contribute $11,346 in mandatory employer safe harbor contributions to the plan during the same time period. 

Resolution: In a consent judgment resolving the department’s complaint, the defendants agreed to restore $70,735 to the plan.  This amount includes an additional $5,579 in interest that was also awarded to the plan as restitution.  The defendants were assessed a mandatory penalty of $14,147 and agreed not to engage in this practice in the future.

Court: United States District Court for the District of Delaware

Docket Number: 1:13-cv-01466-UNA

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Employee Benefits Security Administration
September 9, 2013
Release Number
EBSA 13-098