A federal agency that insures company pension plans is accusing Sun Capital Partners, the owner of Friendly’s Ice Cream Corp, of fraudulently moving assets so that its affiliates could retain control of the Wilbraham business and avoid paying retirement benefits to nearly 6,000 workers and retirees. Sun Capital Partners, a Florida private equity firm, illegally transferred assets from the ice cream chain and its parent company responsible for the pension plans to another Sun affiliate weeks before the October bankruptcy filing.
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