Arthur Anyah, 67, will be spending one year in prison after pleading guilty in June to charges that he defrauded employees of his home care agency in Peekskill, New York. Authorities claimed that Mr. Anyah had cheated a number of employees out of more than $135,000 through his agency, Mical Home Health Care Agency, Inc.
The crimes took place between December, 2012 and June, 2015. Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman noted that Mr. Anyah had taken advantage of 67 employees during this period of time, not paying them for work they had performed and falsifying tax documentation. Arthur Anyah also plead guilty to not paying quarterly unemployment compensation insurance tax.
After an investigation was opened up on this case, authorities determined that Mr. Anyah had been hiring these men and women to perform a range of in home care services for clients and in some cases convincing these workers to do certain jobs without pay. However, he reported wages paid on those same hours.
According to The Journal News article, Peekskill home health care agency head gets jail for cheating employees:
“Anyah, 67, pleaded guilty in July 2016 to engaging in a scheme to induce health care workers to provide home health care services to the agency’s clients without pay, as well as falsifying business records, failing to pay wages, and defrauding the state unemployment insurance contribution system, officials said.
In addition to jail time, Judge Barry Warhit ordered Anyah to pay full restitution of $135,162 in back wages owed to his employees and over $66,000 in state unemployment insurance fund contributions, and to dissolve Mical, officials said.
“New Yorkers employed in the home health care industry are among our most vulnerable workers, often receiving wages barely above the state’s minimum. It’s unconscionable that an employer would defraud them out of the pay they earned,” Schneiderman said.”
It is unclear how current clients of Mical will continue to receive services or whether current employees have been facing similar issues as those who worked between 2012 and 2015. It was not noted how authorities became aware of discrepancies in these workers’ wages.
Prosecutors did not make it known in court whether Mr. Anyah currently had the money necessary to pay restitution in full to all former employees affected by these actions or how failure to pay would impact his current prison term. The state didn’t make it clear how long Mr. Anyah has to dissolve Mical.
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