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NORTHAMPTON COUNTY EMPLOYER VIOLATES WORKERS' COMPENSATION ACT

 HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- A Northampton County employer has been placed on house arrest and probation for violation of the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act, which insures employees against accidental job-related injury, illness or death.
 Raleyann Leonard, doing business as A & L Household Packing moving and storage company in Bethlehem, was sentenced Nov. 9 by Judge Robert A. Freedberg of Northampton County Common Pleas Court. Leonard was charged with 102 counts that occurred in 1991.
 Leonard pleaded no contest to the 102 counts and was sentenced to up to 12 months house arrest and 24 months probation. Additionally, Leonard was ordered to make restitution of $400 per month for up to 10 years to an employee injured while the business was not covered by workers' compensation.
 Pennsylvania workers' compensation law requires employers to insure their workers. Each day's violation is a separate offense. As of Aug. 31, 1993, each day's violation is a misdemeanor of the third degree with a maximum penalty of a $2,500 fine and one year in prison.
 Intentional violations are a felony of the third degree with maximum penalties per count of a $15,000 fine and up to seven years imprisonment.
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 /CONTACT: John Currie of the Department of Labor and Industry, 717-787-7530/


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