We filed a whistleblower, income tax fraud and RICO lawsuit against Garden State Science and Technology Institute Inc. of Jersey City, New Jersey and its owner Pankaj Patel. The lawsuit states as follows:
Garden State Science And Technology Institute Inc. (http://gssti.edu/) is a private for-profit medical assistant institute/school located at 591 Summit Ave, #705, Jersey City, NJ 07306
PANKAJ PATEL is the owner/president of GSSTI.
April, 2014, plaintiff was hired as a medical assistant teacher/instructor by GARDEN STATE SCIENCE.
Pursuant to both federal and state employment law requirements, plaintiff completed and submitted federal forms W-4 and an I-9.
Form W-4 is federal employment form that is used by employers to withhold the proper amount of federal income tax from an employee’s paycheck, as well as for social security and Medicare deposits.
Form I-9 is used by employers to properly document and verify the identify and legal status of an employee.
After completing and submitting the above referenced forms and commencing employment, GARDEN STATE SCIENCE made only a few wage payments to the plaintiff in which tax and social security deductions were taken out.
GARDEN STATE SCIENCE subsequently began to pay the plaintiff’s wages without showing any deductions for federal, state, or local income tax, social security and Medicare deductions and other required deductions.
GARDEN STATE SCIENCE required the plaintiff to punch in and out every day he was teaching classes.
Plaintiff was paid by check without any deductions for federal, state or local income tax, social security and Medicare withholding until the day he was fired.
The plaintiff repeatedly complained that taxes and deductions should be made and taken out of his paycheck, and Pankaj Patel stated that he will ensure that those deductions were made, but they did not follow through with his promises.
PATEL and GARDEN STATE SCIENCE did not withhold any federal, state, or local tax for other employees of GARDEN STATE SCIENCE.
PATEL and GARDEN STATE SCIENCE may have withheld federal, state and local tax, as well as social security and Medicare deposits but did not remit those deductions to the proper federal and state authorities.
On June 13, 2016, the plaintiff sent a letter to PATEL complaining that several times in the past, he had brought to PATEL’s attention that the staff members left the lab in a deplorable condition, including exposure to blood splatter in the lab, as well as complaints of exposure to unsecured and readily accessible hypodermic needles and unsafely maintained sharp object containers.
Plaintiff further stated in his letter to PATEL that because of the deplorable condition of the lab, he had to move equipment to his classroom to teach EKG to his students, instead of in the lab.
Plaintiff’s letter requested that PATEL take steps to address the lab condition. However, PATEL ignored those warnings and suggestion.
Instead, on September 19, 2016, PATEL and GARDEN STATE SCIENCE fired the plaintiff.
The lawsuit alleges violation of the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), FRAUD, and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), by running a criminal enterprise of tax evasion, aided and abetted by PATEL.
Please contact us for information relating to this or any other claims against Garden State Science.