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Hostess: Money for pensions used for company operations


Irving-based Hostess Brands Inc. used wages that should have gone to fund employee pensions for its own operations as it continued to flounder deeper into bankrupcty, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The newspaper reported that the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread said in 2011 that it would stop making pension contributions and that the foregone wages were not applied to the pension fund or restored to workers' checks.

In an interview, Hostess CEO Greg Rayburn told the Journal that the actions occurred before he came on board in Marchand that he learned about it shortly before the company shut down in November and received permission from the U.S. Bankruptcy court to liquidate.

Rayburn told the Journal that he thought it was "terrible" that the company steered money intended for employee pensions to its operations. The Journal said it's not clear how many workers were affected or how much money was used for operations.

Well the workers will not have to worry about that happening again....

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