- Office of Attorney General Maura Healey
- The Attorney General's Fair Labor Division
Boston — Two individuals have been indicted and arraigned on charges of tax and unemployment fraud months after they were initially charged in connection with a related wage theft scheme in which temporary laundry workers were not paid minimum wage or overtime and were intimidated and retaliated against during the investigation, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.
Robert Carrion, age 47, and Fabiola Ramirez, age 47, both of Roslindale, were indicted on Monday by a Suffolk Grand Jury on charges of Willful Failure to Collect, Truthfully Account for and Pay over Withholding Taxes to the Commissioner of Revenue (12 counts each), Willful Failure to File a Withholding Tax Return (10 counts each), and Willful Delivery or Disclosure of a False Withholding Tax Return (2 counts each). Robert Carrion was also charged with Failure to Pay Employer Contribution (4 counts) on behalf of their business.
The defendants were arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on Thursday where they both pleaded not guilty to the charges and were released on personal recognizance, with the condition of release that they turn their passports over to the custody of the Probation Department, having already been required to do so on the previous charges. They are due back in court on Feb. 9, 2018 for a pre-trial conference.
Carrion and Ramirez owned and operated Country Temp and Country Temp Corporation, which supplied temporary workers to Coliseum Companies, Inc. d/b/a Bay State Linen (Bay State), a commercial laundry company in Dorchester. Those employees performed manual labor loading and unloading linens from industrial washer, dryer, and pressing machines in a warehouse facility at 9 Ansel Road.
In March 2017, Carrion, Ramirez, and Country Temp were indicted in connection with wage theft, witness intimidation, and retaliation after an investigation by the AG’s Fair Labor Division revealed they ran an off-the-books, cash payroll operation through which employees were paid below minimum wage and not paid overtime. During that investigation, Carrion and Ramirez allegedly attempted to intimidate, threaten, and mislead their employees in an effort to deter their cooperation with the AG’s Office.
The AG’s further investigation revealed that for various time periods between March 2014 and May 2015, Carrion and Ramirez failed to collect and pay taxes and file related returns to DOR and failed to pay over employer contributions to the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA).
According to records, over the course of 12 audited months in 2014 and 2015, the defendants processed cash payroll that included more than $1,366,000 in taxable wages, which the defendants failed to report to the Department of Revenue (DOR). This amount includes time periods in 2015 for which defendants filed inaccurate withholding tax reports with DOR, underreporting actual wages paid to their employees.
The charges against Carrion and Ramirez are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Workers who believe that their rights have been violated in their workplace are encouraged to file a complaint at www.mass.gov/ago/fairlabor. For information about the state’s wage and hour laws, workers may call the Office’s Fair Labor Hotline at (617) 727-3465 or go to the Attorney General’s new Workplace Rights website www.mass.gov/ago/fairlabor for materials in multiple languages.
This matter is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Drew Cahill with assistance from Investigator Christina Lopez, both of the AG’s Fair Labor Division, Financial Investigator Shannon Roark, the AG’s Digital Evidence Lab, DOR, and DUA.