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WageWorks compliance exec named SIGIS president

BY CSA STAFF

San Mateo, Calif. Healthcare benefits provider WageWorks announced Tuesday its compliance officer Jody Dietel has been named president and chair of the Special Interest Group for IIAS Standards.

SIGIS is the industry group responsible for the establishment and maintenance of an industry standard for operating an inventory information approval system solution, which is required by the IRS for flexible spending account and health reimbursement arrangement cards to continue to be used at non-healthcare merchants.

The group’s members include more than 5,000 retailers, acquirer processors, payment card networks, issuer processors and third-party administrators.

As president and chair, Dietel will work with the board of directors to guide the group’s ongoing efforts in managing the SIGIS standard approach to IRS requirements for the use of healthcare payment cards.

Prior to being named president, she served as SIGIS’ VP.

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Kroger exec among 3 acquitted in labor fraud case

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Los Angeles A former Kroger Co. executive and two former Ralphs managers were found not guilty late Monday of federal labor fraud charges linked to the 2003-2004 supermarket strike and lockout.

Scott Drew, a former executive with Cincinnati-based Kroger, former Ralphs manager Karen Montoya and former Ralphs VP Patrick McGowan were acquitted of all charges by a Los Angeles jury.

The three were named in an indictment accusing them of conspiring to rehire hundreds of locked-out workers using fake Social Security numbers and names during the strike. Two others named in the indictment have pleaded guilty.

The four-month-long supermarket strike and lockout began in October 2003. Union leaders ordered a strike against Vons and Pavilions stores. Albertsons and Ralphs responded by locking out their employees.

Prosecutors said the defendants encouraged the hiring of locked-out workers and falsified documents as part of the conspiracy.

In 2006, Ralphs pleaded guilty to five counts of conspiracy, concealment of facts from an employee benefit plan, and identity fraud, and agreed to pay $70 million to settle the charges and cooperate with prosecutors.

Drew and his co-defendants were fired when the charges were revealed.

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RadioShack names senior VP/CIO

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Fort Worth, Texas RadioShack Corp. said Monday it had appointed Sharon Stufflebeme senior VP and CIO. She will report to chairman and CEO Julian Day.

Immediately prior to joining RadioShack, Stufflebeme was the senior VP and CIO for 7-Eleven, a company she joined in 2004.

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