June 3, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Information Letter On Private Equity Investments

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor today issued an Information Letter under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) concerning private equity investments as a component of a professionally managed asset allocation fund offered as an investment option for participants in defined contribution plans. 

May 26, 2020

Indiana Business Owner Sentenced After U.S. Labor Department Investigation Finds Deception in Administration of Employees’ Benefit Plan

BRAZIL, IN – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), Clay County, Indiana, Circuit Court Judge Robert Pell has sentenced Larry Morse – the owner of Western Indiana Logistics Inc. in Brazil, Indiana – to a suspended term of 180 days incarceration and 180 days probation.

Morse pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of deception.

May 26, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Obtains Consent Order and Judgment to Restore Assets to Participants in Iowa Trucking Company’s Retirement Plan

DES MOINES, IA – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa has issued a consent order and judgment requiring the fiduciaries of the Shinn 401(k) Retirement Plan to restore $35,032 to the Eddyville, Iowa-based Ben Shinn Trucking Inc.’s employee benefit plan.

May 22, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor, Multi-Employer Benefit Plan Reach Settlement; Plan to Pay $431,818 in Unpaid Benefits to Former Grocery Store Employees

SPARKS, MD – The U.S. Department of Labor has reached a settlement agreement with the board of trustees of the Food Employers Labor Relations Association (FELRA) and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Voluntary Employees’ Beneficiary Association (VEBA) Fund, a multi-employer welfare benefit fund. The agreement requires the trustees of the Sparks, Maryland-based fund to pay $431,818 in previously denied severance benefits to 32 former employees of SuperFresh grocery stores. 

May 21, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Rule to Better Deliver Retirement Plan Information Options, While Saving Billions of Dollars for Plans

WASHINGTON, DC –The U.S. Department of Labor today announced publication of a final rule that expands the ability of private sector employers to communicate retirement plan information online or by email. The rule allows employers to deliver disclosures to plan participants primarily electronically, which will reduce printing, mailing, and related plan costs by an estimated $3.2 billion over the next decade.

May 6, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Sues Advance Benefits Management Systems and Fiduciaries Alleging Misuse Led To More Than $7,000,000 in Unpaid Claims

ATLANTA, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed suit against Advance Benefits Management Systems USA Inc. (ABMS), its founder and CEO C. Kenneth Johnson, and company President Randy Wright. In the suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the department asks the court to appoint an independent fiduciary to employee healthcare plans previously administered by ABMS, direct the independent fiduciary to marshal the plans’ assets, obtain insurance reimbursement and pay over $7,000,000 in unpaid claims.

May 1, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues New COBRA Notices for Employee Benefit Plans

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) today issued Frequently Asked Questions under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) and revised COBRA model notices.

April 30, 2020

Secretary of Labor Reaches Agreement Requiring Wilmington Trust To Restore $80 Million to 21 Employee Stock Ownership Plans And Reimburse Plan Sponsors for Legal Cost and Expenses

WASHINGTON, DC The Secretary of Labor has reached an agreement with Wilmington Trust, N.A. – a Delaware-based bank and trust company – requiring Wilmington Trust to pay a combined $80 million to 21 employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) for which it served as trustee and $8 million to the government, and to reimburse plan sponsors of ESOPs for legal costs and expenses advanced in connection with the Secretary’s investigations and litigation. 

April 28, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues COVID-19 Relief and Guidance for Employee Benefit Plans

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) today issued deadline relief and other guidance under Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) to help employee benefit plans, plan participants and beneficiaries, employers and other plan sponsors, plan fiduciaries, and other service providers impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

April 27, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Obtains Consent Order and Judgment To Remove Fiduciaries from Cleveland, Ohio, Retirement Plan

CLEVELAND, OH – The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a consent order and judgment to remove plan fiduciaries – Attila E. Nagy and Cynthia Nagy – from the Assembly Specialty Products Inc. 401(k) Plan after an investigation by the department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) found that the fiduciaries violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

April 24, 2020

Statement by Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia on Departure of Assistant Secretary for the Employee Benefits Security Administration Preston Rutledge

WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia issued the following statement regarding Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Employee Benefits Security Administration Preston Rutledge’s tenure at the department:

April 7, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Asks Federal Court to Force Lincolnshire, Illinois, Company to Supply Documents Sought in Employee Benefits Investigation

CHICAGO, IL – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a petition asking the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, to enforce an administrative subpoena the department served to Alight Solutions LLC – based in Lincolnshire, Illinois.

April 6, 2020

Federal Court Orders Maryland Company to Restore $28,650,604 To Employer Benefit Plans After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

BETHESDA, MD – The U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland has issued a summary judgment requiring defendants WH Administrators, its owner and chief executive officer (CEO) and chief operating officer to restore $28,650,604 to health and welfare plans sold to employers by the now defunct Bethesda, Maryland-based benefits administration company.

March 19, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Obtains Default Judgment to Restore $103,098 To Virginia Engineering Company Employees’ Retirement Plan

ANNANDALE, VA – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia has issued a default judgment requiring defendants JWK Corp., its chief executive officer and the director of operations to restore $103,098 to the 401(k) defined contribution plan of the Annandale, Virginia-based engineering services company.

March 19, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in U.S. District Court Sentencing Louisville Health Clinics’ Co-Founder to Prison, Ordering $258,507 Restitution Payment for Healthcare Fraud

LOUISVILLE, KY – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky has sentenced Eduardo Chinea Martinez – co-founder of several Louisville, Kentucky, medical clinics – to 42 months in prison and three years of supervised release. The court also ordered him to pay $258,507 in restitution for defrauding healthcare benefit programs. He made full restitution on March 5, 2020, the date of sentencing.

March 18, 2020

Tennessee Insurance Agency to Pay $3,818,181 in Restitution to Employee Stock Ownership Plan After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

NASHVILLE, TN The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville Division, has approved a settlement between the U.S. Department of Labor, Zander Group Holdings Inc., Stephen Thompson and Jeffrey Zander involving the company’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).

March 5, 2020

Southern California Sleep Study Clinic Owner Sentenced After U.S. Department of Labor Uncovers Healthcare Fraud

LOS ANGELES, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) and the Office of Inspector General, a federal court has sentenced Anna Vishnevsky to 37 months in prison, and ordered her to make $2,747,071 in restitution for defrauding the healthcare benefit plans of UPS Inc. and Costco Wholesale Corp. 

February 27, 2020

Court Sentences Former New Jersey Pension Fund Trustee for Employee Benefits Plan Embezzlement After U.S. Labor Department Investigation

NEW YORK, NY – The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey has sentenced Howard Preschel of Teaneck, New Jersey, to 30 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $462,049 in restitution for embezzling funds from an employee pension benefits plan sponsored by CMG Vending Inc. in Union City, New Jersey. The court also fined Preschel $10,000.

February 5, 2020

Federal Court Sentences Southern California Acupuncturist After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Healthcare Fraud

LOS ANGELES, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California has sentenced Kimi Gudmundsen – owner of Healthy Life Acupuncture Center in Los Angeles and Riverside, California – to 30 months in prison and ordered her to pay $2,683,903 in restitution for defrauding Amtrak’s healthcare plan. 

February 3, 2020

Federal Court Sentences Former New Jersey Insurance Broker after Guilty Plea for Healthcare Fraud Following U.S. Labor Department Investigation

NEW YORK, NY – The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey has sentenced Lawrence Ackerman – a former Bergen County, New Jersey, insurance broker – to six months of imprisonment and six months of home incarceration, and ordered him to pay $1,000,000 in restitution for defrauding the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2326 Health and Welfare Fund.