Willy's owner pleads not guilty to charges that she failed to pay into unemployment trust fund

Barbara Niggel released on personal recognizance, next court date is June 30

Willy's owner Barbara Niggel pleaded not guilty to charges of failing to pay into the state unemployment trust fund during her arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court Monday.

In May, Niggel and the three companies she owns (Willy's LLC, R&J Productions, Inc. and Willy's World Wellness & Conference Center) were indicted on 62 counts of non-payment of employer contributions by a Suffolk Superior Court Grand Jury.

Niggel allegedly failed to pay $242,000 to the state.

After pleading not guilty, Niggel was released on personal recognizance. Her arraignment was presided over by Clerk Magistrate Connie Wong, according to a release from the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office.

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's next appearance in court will be on June 30 for a pre-trial conference, according to the AG's Office. The arraignment for Niggel's three companies will be held on the same day in Suffolk Superior Court.

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