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Job agency denies scam.

Byline: Gary V. Murray

WORCESTER - The owner of a temporary employment agency pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges of bilking the state, hundreds of workers and an insurance company out of more than $1 million.

Tam C. Vuong, 34, of 143 Massasoit Road, the president of Labor Solutions Inc., was indicted INDICTED, practice. When a man is accused by a bill of indictment preferred by a grand jury, he is said to be indicted.  last week on 66 counts of violating the state's wage and hour laws and committing insurance and tax fraud. Labor Solutions was charged with six counts of willful failure to provide a pay stub A small software routine placed into a program that provides a common function. Stubs are used for a variety of purposes. For example, a stub might be installed in a client machine, and a counterpart installed in a server, where both are required to resolve some protocol, remote procedure .

Attorney General Martha Coakley Martha Coakley (born July 14, 1953 in Lee, Massachusetts) is the Attorney General of Massachusetts. She was sworn in on January 17, 2007. The former District Attorney of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, having served from January 1999 to January 2007, she was the District Attorney  said an investigation that began last year revealed many of those hired through Labor Solutions did not receive the minimum wage or mandatory overtime rates for a two-year period beginning in September 2007. The probe was launched as a result of complaints lodged with the Governor's Joint Enforcement Task Force on the Underground Economy and Employee Misclassification, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 the attorney general.

Investigators also learned that many workers, who were paid in cash, were illegally charged $2 to $3 a day for transportation, thereby reducing their pay below the minimum wage, Ms. Coakley said.

Labor Solutions provided temporary labor to light manufacturing plants throughout Worcester County. From 2004 to 2008, Labor Solutions collected more than $20 million from client companies and paid out about $11 million in wages, authorities said.

The company allegedly failed to disclose its payroll to its workers' compensation workers' compensation, payment by employers for some part of the cost of injuries, or in some cases of occupational diseases, received by employees in the course of their work.  carrier or to the state Department of Revenue. Investigators estimated the state's unemployment fund lost more than $650,000 and the insurance carrier, Travelers Insurance Co., lost more than $500,000 in unpaid premiums.

Prosecutors further allege that Labor Solutions failed to file corporate tax returns for the years 2002 to 2007.

Accompanied by defense lawyer Brian J. Buckley, Mr. Vuong pleaded not guilty yesterday in Worcester Superior Court to 14 counts of willful failure to pay minimum wage, six counts of willful failure to pay overtime, two counts of willfully willfully adv. referring to doing something intentionally, purposefully and stubbornly. Examples: "He drove the car willfully into the crowd on the sidewalk." "She willfully left the dangerous substances on the property." (See: willful)  charging a transportation fee that reduced an employee's daily wages below the minimum wage level, 14 counts of willful failure to provide a pay stub, five counts of willful failure to furnish employment records to the attorney general, five counts of workers' compensation insurance fraud, five counts of unemployment insurance fraud, five counts of failure to make unemployment insurance contributions, larceny larceny, in law, the unlawful taking and carrying away of the property of another, with intent to deprive the owner of its use or to appropriate it to the use of the perpetrator or of someone else.  by false pretenses False representations of material past or present facts, known by the wrongdoer to be false, and made with the intent to defraud a victim into passing title in property to the wrongdoer. , five counts of willful failure to file a tax return and two counts of willfully aiding or assisting in the presentation of fraudulent tax documents.

Judge James R. Lemire released Mr. Vuong on personal recognizance recognizance

In law, obligation entered into before a court or magistrate requiring the performance of an act (e.g., appearance in court), usually under penalty of a money forfeiture. The most common use of recognizance is in connection with bail in criminal cases.
 and continued his case to Oct. 22. The court entered not guilty pleas on behalf of Labor Solutions on the charges brought against the corporation.
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Date:Oct 2, 2009
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