Somerset County doctor accused of stealing IRA funds from employee | New
SOMERSET – A Somerset County doctor was arraigned Thursday on charges of stealing $ 7,272 that was to be deposited into an employee’s retirement account, authorities said.
Somerset State Police have charged Philip Anthony Basala, 64, of Rockwood, with theft by deception, theft by illegal taking, theft by failing to make required deposits and receiving stolen goods.
According to a criminal complaint, an employee was hired in 2008 to work at the Basala Medical Practice at Georgian Place in the Township of Somerset. Basala had agreed to file the salary deferrals and employer contributions into the employee’s SIMPLE IRA, according to the complaint.
The employee subsequently discovered that the money withheld from her paycheck had not been deposited into her IRA and that no employer contribution had been made between November 16, 2018 and September 30. 2019, according to the complaint.
Basala specializes in gynecology, urology, obstetrics and gynecological oncology. It is affiliated with Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown and UPMC Somerset, its webpage says.
Basala was arraigned by District Judge Kenneth Johnson of Somerset and released on unsecured bail of $ 50,000.
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