Chao v. Berggren et al

Filing 4

CONSENT DECREE executed by Renald R. Berggren, signed by Judge Lewis T. Babcock on 09/07/06. (rlp2, )

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Chao v. Berggren et al Doc. 4 Case 1:06-cv-01715-LTB Document 4 Filed 09/07/2006 Page 1 of 6 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO ELAINE L. CHAO, SECRETARY OF LABOR, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, Plaintiff, v. RENALD R. BERGGREN, ROBERT E. YATES, JR., and the VANCOL INDUSTRIES, INC. PROFIT SHARING AND TAX SHELTERED SAVINGS PLAN. Defendants. CONSENT DECREE THIS MATTER, having come before this Court upon the motion of the above named Plaintiff, and the Court, being advised in the premises and finding that: A. Plaintiff has filed her Complaint to commence this action; and, B. Defendant Renald R. Berggren has waived service and admitted to the jurisdiction of this Court over him and over the subject matter of this action; and, C. Defendant Renald R. Berggren has admitted the allegations set forth in Plaintiff's Complaint and has agreed to entry of this Consent Decree without contest; and, D. Defendant Renald R. Berggren having waived his account balance in the Vancol Industries, Inc. Profit Sharing and Tax Sheltered Savings Plan ("the Plan"); and, ) ) ) ) CIVIL ACTION ) NO. 06-cv-01715 ) LTB-CBS ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Dockets.Justia.com Case 1:06-cv-01715-LTB Document 4 Filed 09/07/2006 Page 2 of 6 This Court being empowered to provide the relief described herein and for cause shown it is therefore ORDERED, ADJUDGED and DECREED that: 1. Defendant Renald R. Berggren, shall restore to the Plan Defendant Sixty Five Thousand Dollars ($65,000.00), as follows: Renald R. Berggren shall restore Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) to the Plan within ninety days of the date of this Consent Decree, and shall restore the remainder within eighteen months of the date of this Consent Decree, plus interest accruing at the rate of Four and 92/100ths percent per annum (4.92%) of the unpaid balance until paid in full. Defendant Berggren shall send copies of the payment checks to the Employee Benefits Security Administration, 1200 City Center Square, 1100 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64105, at the time payments are made, and shall send copies of the cancelled checks and copies of the bank statements showing payment of the same within forty-five (45) days of the payments, and it is further 2. ORDERED that Defendant Renald R. Berggren shall provide, in the name of the Plan, a security interest in the amount of Sixty Five Thousand Dollars ($65,000.00), plus interest accruing at the rate of Four and 92/100ths percent per annum (4.92%) from the date of this Consent Decree, in all of his assets, and that Defendant Renald R. Berggren will properly record the security agreement in accordance with the laws of the State of Colorado, within thirty (30) days of the date of this Consent Decree, and Case 1:06-cv-01715-LTB Document 4 Filed 09/07/2006 Page 3 of 6 shall provide a copy of the security interest within forty-five (45) days of the date of this Consent Decree to the Employee Benefits Security Administration, 1200 City Center Square, 1100 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64105, and it is further 3. ORDERED, that Defendant Renald R. Berggren is and permanently enjoined from serving as an ERISA fiduciary, Defendant Renald R. Berggren is enjoined from violating the terms of ERISA; and it is further 4. ORDERED, that Defendant Renald R. Berggren shall be removed as trustee of the Plan to the extent that he shall no longer be authorized or permitted to collect, hold, or distribute Plan funds or to terminate the Plan. The Court shall appoint an independent fiduciary to replace Defendant Berggren in his capacity as trustee to collect, hold, and distribute all Plan funds and to terminate the Plan. Reasonable fees for the independent fiduciary shall be paid by the Plan before the remaining funds are distributed to participants. The independent fiduciary shall not be held personally responsible for any claims against the Plan or related entities which existed, arose, matured or vested prior to the appointment of the independent fiduciary. Plaintiff shall file a motion nominating an independent fiduciary for appointment after receiving evidence of Defendant Renald R. Berggren's restoration of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) to the Plan, as described in Paragraph 1; and, it is further Case 1:06-cv-01715-LTB Document 4 Filed 09/07/2006 Page 4 of 6 5. ORDERED that the amounts owed to the participants are In the event set forth in Appendix A to this Consent Decree. that the Plan assets to be distributed to participants differ from the total amount listed in Appendix A, the independent fiduciary shall distribute the funds pro rata. Distributions shall be made within twenty-four months of this Consent Decree; and, it is further 6. ORDERED that any amount recovered by the Plan in litigation against third parties, including but not limited to Regent Bottling Company shall not offset the liability of Defendant Renald R. Berggren; and, it is further 7. ORDERED, that for civil penalty purposes, the "applicable recovery amount" pursuant to ERISA 502(l)(2), 29 U.S.C. 1132(l)(2), for Defendant Berggren in this matter is the Restitution Amount, plus all post-judgment interest paid pursuant to this Consent Decree. The penalty assessed will equal twenty percent (20%) of the "applicable recovery amount" for Defendant Berggren. Defendant Berggren must either (1) pay the assessed penalty within sixty days of service of notice of the assessment, or (2) timely file a request for waiver or reduction of the penalty, pursuant to ERISA 502(l)(3) and 29 C.F.R. Sections 2570.80 to 2570.88. If a request for waiver or reduction of the penalty is rejected by the Employee Benefits Security Administration, Defendant Berggren Will have all rights and Case 1:06-cv-01715-LTB Document 4 Filed 09/07/2006 Page 5 of 6 remedies to appeal said rejection as allowed under the law; and, it is further 8. ORDERED that nothing in this Consent Decree is binding on any governmental agency other than the United States Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration; and, it is further. 9. ORDERED that each party shall bear her, his, or its own attorneys' fees, costs and other expenses incurred by such party to date and in the future in connection with any stage of the above-referenced proceeding including, but not limited to, attorneys' fees, costs and other expenses which may be available under the Equal Access to Justice Act, as amended; and, it is further 10. ORDERED that the Court shall retain jurisdiction over this action and the parties hereto as may be necessary to enforce the provisions of the Consent Decree. The Court directs the entry of this Consent Decree as a final order and dismisses this case with prejudice. DONE, ORDERED, ADJUDGED and DECREED this September , 2006. 7th day of s/Lewis T. Babcock United States District Judge Case 1:06-cv-01715-LTB Document 4 Filed 09/07/2006 Page 6 of 6 ENTRY OF THIS JUDGMENT IS HEREBY CONSENTED TO: s/ Renald R. Berggren 6049 Fox Hill Drive Longmont, Colorado 80501 APPROVED: Howard M. Radzely Solicitor of Labor Michael A. Stabler Regional Solicitor Missouri Bar No. 26211 s/ Andrea Christensen Luby Attorney Missouri Bar No. 49009 Kansas Bar No. 19030 1210 City Center Square 1100 Main Street Kansas City, MO 64105 (816) 426-6441 U.S. Department of Labor Attorneys for Plaintiff

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