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A.G. Schneiderman Announces Jail Time For Peekskill Home Health Care Agency Owner Convicted Of Wage Theft

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September 27, 2017

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A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES JAIL TIME FOR PEEKSKILL HOME HEALTH CARE AGENCY OWNER CONVICTED OF WAGE THEFT

Arthur Anyah – Owner of Mical Home Health Care Agency – Convicted Of Defrauding 67 Employees Out Of Over $135,000 In Wages, Sentenced To One Year In Jail

Defendant Ordered To Pay Full Restitution to Workers And Over $66,000 To State Unemployment Insurance Fund

To Date, A.G. Schneiderman Has Won Back Nearly $30 Million In Stolen Wages For Over 21,000 Workers Across New York

WHITE PLAINS–Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that Arthur Anyah, owner of Mical Home Health Care Agency, Inc. (“Mical”), based in Peekskill, New York, has been sentenced to one year in jail for defrauding 67 employees out of over $135,000 in wages. In July 2016, Anyah, 67, pled guilty 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. In addition to jail time, the Honorable Barry E. Warhit of the Westchester County Supreme Court ordered Anyah to pay full restitution of $135,161.79 in back wages owed to his employees and over $66,000 in state unemployment insurance fund contributions, as well as dissolve Mical.

Since taking office in 2011, Attorney General Schneiderman has recovered nearly $30 million in stolen wages for more than 21,000 workers.

“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,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “My office is dedicated to protecting workers against wage theft and to ensuring that employers contribute to the state unemployment insurance fund, which provides basic protections for all employees.”

Between December 2012 and June 2015, Anyah hired caregivers to assist patients who were elderly, sick, infirm, or disabled with basic daily needs such as bathing, getting dressed, and preparing their food. However, an investigation conducted by the Attorney General’s office revealed that Anyah failed to pay these workers consistently after they performed those vital duties. In addition to failing to pay workers for all of their hours worked, Anyah created false tax documents, such as W-2 Forms, and reported wages that he never paid to the workers. Anyah also failed to pay the required quarterly New York State unemployment insurance contributions for all employees.

“New York will continue to stand with all workers to ensure they are not cheated out of their wages,” said State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon. "Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, we will work tirelessly to root out bad actors and return stolen wages to hard-working men and women.” 

The Attorney General thanks the New York State Department of Labor Office of Special Investigations, Labor Standards Division, and Unemployment Insurance Division, in particular Senior Labor Standards Investigator Gerard Capdevielle and Unemployment Insurance Auditor Thomas Rockafellow, under the direction of Deputy Commissioner for Worker Protection James Rogers and Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Worker Protection Milan Bhatt.

The case was investigated by Attorney General Supervising Investigator Sylvia Rivera and Investigator Angel LaPorte, with the assistance of Investigators Steven Pratt, Sixto Santiago, and Brian Metz, under the supervision of Deputy Chief Investigator John McManus and Chief Investigator Dominick Zarrella.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Jennifer S. Michael, under the supervision of Criminal Section Chief of the Labor Bureau Richard Balletta, Labor Bureau Chief ReNika Moore, and Criminal Enforcement and Financial Crimes Bureau Chief Stephanie Swenton, and Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice Alvin Bragg.

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