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backlit-crime-dark-143580-300x200A businessman who pleaded guilty to defrauding the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has been sentenced to six months in prison, a year of house arrest, and fined $10,000.

Between 2011 and 2013, John R. Cacaro, age 59, owned and operated Employers Choice Plus LLC, a payroll processing company. Employers Choice Plus also made workers’ compensation premium payments on behalf of their clients.
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city-3195717_1920-300x200After a lively debate, the Metropolitan Council of Nashville, Tennessee has agreed to renew its participation in a controversial federal civil asset forfeiture program called “equitable sharing.” Opponents from both the left and the right argue the program encourages “policing for profit.”

Civil asset forfeiture is the legal procedure where law enforcement can seize an individual’s property or cash without filing criminal charges. In most states, all that is required is the suspicion that the property was involved in a crime. In a criminal case, the burden of proof lies with the prosecution. In Tennessee, in cases where a vehicle is seized, however, the burden of proving innocence lies with the property owner.
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justice-2071539_1920-300x225Three executives from a Southern California staffing firm have been charged with workers’ compensation and tax fraud. The defendants claim they are innocent and have filed a civil action lawsuit against their insurance company.

Luis Perez, age 49, was owner and operator of BaronHR LLC, a temporary employee staffing company. Scott Smith, age 36, acted as his director of safety, and Veronica Lake, age 47, was the company’s controller. Perez owned several staffing companies. Smith was also the sole director, CEO, CFO, and secretary of another staffing company, Titan Personnel Inc.
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supreme-court-546279_1920-300x195On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case which could transform civil asset forfeiture in America. Groups from across the political spectrum presented briefs opposing civil asset forfeiture, asserting that civil forfeiture hurts business and is an affront to civil liberties.

Earlier this year, I reported on the case of Tyson Timbs. In 2013, he was arrested for selling four grams of heroin to an undercover police officer in Indiana. He was sentenced to five years of probation and a year of home arrest. Additionally, he paid legal fees in excess of $1,200 and attended a court-supervised drug treatment program.
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columbus-1936111_1920-300x200A business owner in Columbus, Ohio has pleaded guilty to a charge of workers’ compensation insurance fraud. He has paid more than $43,000 to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) in restitution.

Between 2009 and 2015, Gyorgy Benedek reported a zero payroll for his cleaning company, Maintenance Free Building Services Inc. Benedek’s company, in fact, had more than 30 employees during this period, and his unreported payroll totaled more than $650,000.
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