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MyPayrollHR victim finds recipe to help others

September 18, 2019 05:14 PM

SCHODACK - Melanie O'Malley began her small business O'Malley's Oven from scratch, just like the recipes she whips up to create her artful delights. When she received an email message from MyPayrollHR two weeks ago, there was nothing delightful about that.

"We're no longer doing payroll and you're going to need to figure something else out," she remembers reading in the email.

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Melanie's sole proprietorship is out about $1,000, which includes tax payments that were never made, for which she remains liable.

Angry and upset over what had happened, O'Malley realized immediately she wasn't alone. She also realized there were many unanswered questions, not to mention many misconceptions and misunderstandings floating around about what had happened, why it happened, and who is responsible. So she created a Facebook site called "Victims of MyPayrollHR."

"The beauty of social media is that it has the ability to galvanize and organize quickly," she pointed out.

So quickly that more than 2,000 people signed up for the site, which provides a sounding board for victims, not to mention a clearing house of information so that other businesses and individuals can understand what happened and how to recoup their lost money.

"Apparently, people are very interested in where their money went," Melanie stated sarcastically.

While she suspects many victims might never be made whole, she's also come to realize that without government oversight of payroll companies, everyone remains vulnerable.

"If someone has access to deposit in your account, they have access to take money out of your account and frankly that's not the way it should be, especially if you don't know a third party exists," she said.

O'Malley says she's spoken to the FBI about her losses and she knows that others have shared what they know about the alleged swindler Michael Mann.

"Oh, they care about whether or not he's brought to justice," she asserted.

People also care about employees who incurred a late fee or those who have to pay a penalty for having insufficient funds available to pay their bills. To remedy those situations, DailyPay, the leading provider of the daily pay benefit, has set up a $25,000 relief fund, offering to reimburse employees up to $100 each if they incurred such loses. 


MORE INFORMATION: "Victims of MyPayrollHR": Facebook Page

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Dan Levy

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