Hundreds of workers at embattled Philly health care firm get back pay

A group of workers at a troubled Philadelphia home health care company have won thousands in back pay after a state investigation found evidence of wage theft.

The case involves a Northeast Philadelphia home care company known as Infinite Care Inc. that shut down in the spring after some of its executives were charged with Medicaid fraud. It did so without paying workers their last two weeks of wages.

Sarah Goulet, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, said a handful of complaints revealed a problem affecting more than 1,000 employees.

“We didn’t receive 1,300 complaints, there were far, far fewer complaints, but the ultimate benefit was to a far larger number of workers, and that’s a really terrific end result,” she said. “Fortunately, the money was there.”

The company cooperated with the investigation, Goulet said, and that a total of $750,000 went to the about 1,300 workers. A group of Infinite Care’s executives still face a long list of charges, including falsely billing Medicaid and destroying evidence. Company executives could not be immediately reached for comment.

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