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Scheduled Maintenance

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is conducting scheduled system maintenance starting Friday, February 15 at 5:00 p.m. ET through Tuesday, February 19 at 8:00 a.m. ET. Most DOL websites and web systems will be affected and unavailable to the public. The National Contact Center remains open 24 hours a day to contact Job Corps (1-800-733-5627), MSHA (1-800-746-1553), and OSHA (1-800-321-6742).

February 13, 2019

Court Sentences Founders of Laboratory Marketing Companies After U.S. Department of Labor Uncovers Healthcare Fraud

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida has sentenced one co-founder of several Florida laboratory marketing companies and substance abuse recovery homes to prison and two other co-founders to probation for their parts in a widespread healthcare fraud scheme.

February 12, 2019

Former Substance Abuse Recovery Center Director Sentenced to Prison After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Healthcare Fraud Scheme

MIAMI, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida has sentenced Tina Marie Barbuto – a former licensed mental health counselor in Margate, Florida – to serve 36 months in prison followed by 36 months of supervised release. Additionally, Barbuto will pay $3,132,806 in restitution and a $100 special assessment for her role in a conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud.

February 11, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Obtains Temporary Restraining Order To Protect Participants and Beneficiaries of Failing MEWA

LOS ANGELES, CA – The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a temporary restraining order in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Riverstone Capital LLC; NexGen Insurance Services Inc.; and NGI Brokerage Services Inc. (collectively, “Riverstone”) and the individuals that operate it.

February 7, 2019

Court Sentences Lansing, Michigan, Resident to Jail, Orders $48,285 In Restitution for Theft of Mother’s General Motors’ Employee Pension

LANSING, MI – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), and the 30th Circuit Court for Ingham County, Michigan, the Michigan Circuit Court for Ingham County has sentenced Allen G. Ollenburger – a resident of Lansing, Michigan – to serve 45 days in Jail, 60 months' probation, and ordered him to make $48,285 in restitution after he pleaded guilty to cashing General Motors' pension checks issued to his deceased mother.

February 1, 2019

California Dockworkers Union Member Sentenced After U.S. Department of Labor Uncovers Healthcare Fraud Scheme

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 Sergio Amador – a member of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), Local 13 – to 12 months and one day in prison and ordered him to make $201,000 in restitution for defrauding the union’s Welfare Plan.

January 31, 2019

Federal Court Sentences Former Autoworkers’ Union Official After Guilty Plea for Health and Welfare Fund Embezzlement

NEW YORK – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey has sentenced Sergio Acosta – the former president and a representative of United Auto Workers Local 2326 in Edison, New Jersey – to three years of probation, and ordered him to pay $32,000 in restitution for embezzling funds from the union's employee benefit plan.

January 31, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending January 26, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 253,000, an increase of 53,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the highest level for initial claims since September 30, 2017 when it was 254,000. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 199,000 to 200,000. The 4-week moving average was 220,250, an increase of 5,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 215,000 to 215,250.

January 25, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Provides Compliance Assistance Resources to Secure Employee Benefits

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) hosts a variety of seminars across the country and webcasts in order to enhance understanding of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.

January 23, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Enters into Consent Judgment Permanently Enjoining Former Chief Financial Officer after Pension Plan Mishandling

MIAMI, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida entered a consent judgment and order between the U.S. Department of Labor and Kevin F. Kirkeide, a former chief financial officer for IOTC Financial Services LLC and Global Oil Financial Services LLC – both based in Boca Raton, Florida.

January 18, 2019

Palm Beach Gardens Man Sentenced in Healthcare Fraud Scheme After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

MIAMI, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida has sentenced Lanny Todd Fried – of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida – to 57 months in prison and 36 months of supervised release; and ordered him to pay a $81,163 fine for his role in a healthcare-related, money-laundering scheme.

December 17, 2018

South Florida Man Sentenced to Prison after U.S. Department of Labor Uncovers Money-Laundering Healthcare Fraud Scheme

MIAMI, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida has sentenced Lawrence Michael Weisberg – President of Weisberg & Associates PA in Boca Raton, Florida – to 6 months in prison and 12 months of supervised release, ordered him to pay a $7,500 fine, and forfeit $41,234 for his role in a healthcare fraud-related money laundering scheme.

December 3, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Releases 2018 Form M-1 and Top 10 Filing Tips

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) today released the 2018 Form M-1 and related instructions. Administrators of Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (MEWAs) that provide medical benefits, including Association Health Plans (AHPs), must file the Form M-1 with the Department annually and following certain events, such as a MEWA’s expansion into a new State. 

November 30, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Obtains Consent Order and Judgment Providing Restitution to Employees Charged Higher Medical Premiums

COLUMBUS, IN – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has ordered the fiduciaries of the Dorel Juvenile Group Inc. Welfare Benefit Plan to pay restitution of $145,635 to 596 employees of the Dorel Juvenile Group Inc.’s California, Indiana, and Massachusetts facilities who paid a tobacco use surcharge as part of their medical insurance premium.

November 27, 2018

U.S. District Court Sentences Springfield, Tennessee, Man to Prison and Orders Payment of $6,524,888 in Restitution for Healthcare Fraud Scheme

NASHVILLE, TN – The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee has sentenced Bart Posey – of Springfield, Tennessee – to 168 months in prison, 36 months of supervised release, and ordered the defendant to pay $6,524,888 restitution after a U.S. Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) investigation discovered a multi-million dollar insurance fraud that affected more than 17,000 individuals nationwide.

November 27, 2018

U.S. District Court Sentences Louisville Health Clinic Co-Founder to Prison and Orders Payment of $941,337 in Restitution for Healthcare Fraud Scheme

LOUISVILLE, KY – As a result of 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 David Perez - co-founder of a Louisville, Kentucky, medical clinic - to 27 months in prison, two years of supervised release, and to pay $941,337 restitution for defrauding healthcare benefit programs.

November 23, 2018

Operators of South Florida Urinalysis Lab Sentenced to Prison and Ordered to Pay More Than $9.6 Million in Restitution for Healthcare Fraud

MIAMI, FL – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida has sentenced the chief executive officer and the chief operating officer of Smart Lab LLC to prison and ordered them and the company to pay more than $9.6 million in restitution after a federal investigation found that they had defrauded healthcare benefit programs.

November 20, 2018

Federal Court Orders Cleveland Business Owner to Pay Restitution, Serve 24 Months in Prison for Fraud and Theft of Employee Benefit Plan

CLEVELAND, OH – As a result of a joint investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio has sentenced business executive C. David Snyder of Cleveland, Ohio, to serve 24 months of imprisonment, followed by an additional three years of supervised release, and to make more than $781,000 in restitution, following a federal investigation and prosecution leading to conviction on charges of embezzlement and tax fraud.

November 13, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Releases Advance Copies of Form 5500 Annual Return/Report for 2018

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) today released advance informational copies of the 2018 Form 5500 Annual Return/Report and related instructions. The "Changes to Note" section of the 2018 instructions highlights important modifications to the Form 5500 and Form 5500-SF, and their schedules and instructions. Modifications are as follows:

November 7, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Proposal Related to Retirement Asset Auto Portability

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) today invited public comment on a proposed exemption related to the consolidation of small retirement savings accounts in 401(k) plans and IRAs when workers change jobs. The Department welcomes innovation in the area of retirement asset portability, and encourages additional proposals.

November 2, 2018

Federal Court Orders Defunct Las Vegas Airline to Pay Former Employees $219,716 to Restore Health Plan Losses

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada has approved a consent judgment between the U.S. Department of Labor and Vision Airlines Inc. that requires the now-defunct company to pay $219,716 to former employees for violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) in connection with their health plan. Vision Airlines Inc.; Vision Airlines Inc. Health and Welfare Plan; and fiduciaries William Acor and Shelley Lynne have also been assessed a civil penalty of approximately $44,000.