McMenamy’s corporation pleads guilty to workers’ compensation fraud

NILES, Ohio (WYTV) – The man in charge of the now defunct McMenamy’s Banquet Hall pleaded guilty to a bill of information Monday in a case that accuses the company of not paying what it should have in workers’ compensation premiums.

In Trumbull County Court of Common Pleas Monday morning, Robert Leonard admitted to the crime, pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of attempted workers’ compensation fraud for himself and a felony charge of workers’ compensation fraud on behalf of the company.

Prosecutors say from 2012 to 2015, McMenamy’s failed to pay more than $13,000 in workers’ compensation.

“Mr. Leonard, as an agent in charge of that business, attempted to facilitate that fraudulent activity at his capacity individually and as the agent in charge,” said Assistant Prosecutor Chuck Morrow.

McMenamy’s also continues paying back a roughly $10,000 utility bill to the City of Niles.

“We have a signed agreement with McMenamy’s to make their payments,” said Service Director Edward Stredney.

Leonard was released on $1,500 bond and will undergo a pre-sentencing investigation, to be set for a later date. He faces up to 180 days in jail.

McMenamy’s faces up to a $10,000 fine.

Earlier this year, McMenamy’s closed, leaving brides scrambling to find a new wedding venue. Thrift Town Treasures has since moved into the former banquet hall on Youngstown Warren Road.

Robert Leonard, charged with worker’s compensation fraud.