Ex-Rossi employee wants Reditus Labs financial records not sealed in lawsuit
BEIJING (25 NEWS) – A week after the CEO of Reditus Laboratories was indicted on charges of federal tax evasion prior to that company, a former employee of one of his companies says his complete financial records must be unsealed .
A pending 2021 Tazewell County civil lawsuit filed by a former business partner accuses Reditus CEO Aaron Rossi of excluding him. Also in the lawsuit, plaintiff James Davie alleges Rossi continued to “loot” the business to fund a lavish lifestyle for himself and his family, complete with private planes and a fleet of luxury vehicles. Part of that lawsuit, including the company’s financial details, remains under seal.
Kelly Murphy was CFO of one of Rossi’s companies, PAL Health Technologies, in 2019, shortly after Reditus was founded but before he made his fortune from more than $200 million in testing contracts State COVID.
“If I’m spending $250 million in state money, I’d really like to know that the man I’m dealing with is honest, has integrity, is ethical, and doesn’t take the state of Illinois for the cleanup” , Murphy said. . “The truth about integrity, ethics and, most importantly, at this point, the financial importance of unsealing these records for the truth to come out.”
Murphy claims PAL fired her after complaining she wasn’t being paid weeks after she was hired. While working there, she says she made significant cuts to balance the company’s budget. She argues that, based on what she has seen, these financial records need to be unsealed.
“I hope the community, the local community and people aren’t fooled because I think many have been fooled into including me,” Murphy said.
A former Reditus employee who worked there for six months says it was a culture of silence.
“Everyone was like ‘Wow, they’re paying us $16 to $25 an hour. Why am I going to talk about this when they’re paying us more than minimum wage?'” the employee said.
This employee has asked to remain anonymous. Before being fired, they describe large parties on company property, minimal training procedures and inconsistent cleanliness, such as staff not wearing gloves to handle test tubes.
“Anyone who has ever worked there, and if you ask more people, they will say the same thing. We all knew, and we always knew, that Rossi spent very extravagantly with the money he earned from the business,” the employee said.
The attorneys have filed a motion to unseal the lawsuit and financial records. That case will go before a judge at a hearing on Wednesday. There was no comment from Reditus, despite multiple phone calls and emails to a spokesperson.
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