Tell 'em to cough it up - or else

Posted: June 19, 2012

Dear Harry: My husband worked many years for a very generous employer. He would set aside pretty big chunks of money in a pension plan for his few employees. He died last year, and my husband went on disability right afterward. Now, one of the boss's sons is running the business. He said that all the plan's money would be distributed by the end of 2011. It never happened. The son is making all kinds of excuses. We contacted the company's accountant who said he has had no dealings with the company since the father died. He also said that the pension money was intact when he last checked it out. We (and several other employees) think the son stole the money, and is now acting like the money was never there. We certainly could use our share of it now. How can we get a full accounting of what happened?

What Harry says: Send a letter (certified mail with a return receipt requested) demanding that he give you a full accounting of the plan or you will notify the District Attorney. Do so if you get an unsatisfactory reply. There may be some legitimate reason that you're getting nowhere with your requests, but I cannot see it. I think the mere threat in your letter will get action. No one wants to have the DA's office breathing down his neck.

Email Harry Gross at harrygross@phillynews.com or write to him at Harry Gross c/o the Daily News, PO Box 8263 Philadelphia, PA 19101. Harry urges all his readers to give blood — contact the American Red Cross at 800-Red Cross.

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