Pension fraud case before court

A local company has been charged with 24 counts of making a false representation concerning the enrollment of its employees in a pension plan.

Saoirse Holdings Ltd. was named as the defendant on Tuesday’s Summary Court list.

Businessman Harry Lalli attended on behalf of the company, which was represented by attorney Clyde Allen.

The allegation is that the company falsely purported on work permit applications that several employees were or were intended to be enrolled in a pension plan. A case summary on the court file indicated that inquiries with the Pensions Office showed 16 employees required by law to have coverage were not registered.

The charges relate to various dates in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Crown counsel Candia James advised that more time was needed to prepare the papers in the case. Magistrate Valdis Foldats set the next mention for Sept. 24.