Willy's owner indicted for failure to pay into unemployment trust fund

Barbara Niggel and her three companies face a combined 62 counts

Local businesswoman and owner of Willy's in Eastham has been indicted in connection with failing to pay more than $242,000 into the state's unemployment trust fund.  According to a release from the state Attorney General's Office, Barbara Niggel and the three companies she owns face a combined 62 counts.

The indictment was made last Thursday by a Suffolk Superior Grand Jury, according to the AG's Office.  Niggel and her three companies, Willy's LLC, R&J Productions, Inc. and Willy's World Wellness & Conference Center, are accused of failing to file appropriate tax returns and pay unemployment tax at "various times" between 2008 and 2012.

An investigation by the AG's Office began when the case was referred by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development's Department of Unemployment Assistance (EOLWD/DUA). Massachusetts employers are required to pay into the fund through quarterly contributions.

Niggel faces 31 counts of non-payment of employer contributions, Willy's LLC 4 counts, R&J Productions, Inc. 13 counts and Willy's World Wellness & Conference Center 14 counts.

An arraignment is scheduled for Monday, June 2 in Suffolk Superior Court.

According to the Willy's website, Niggel, a life-long martial arts student, then teacher, opened the first Willy's in Orleans in 1985. She purchased the Route 6/Eastham site, the former Norseman Athletic Club, in 2002, according to the Willy's site. Niggel also heads Poekoelan Tijimindie Tulen Martial Art Schools, of which there are more than eleven locations around the world, according to her LinkedIn profile.

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