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worker-694267_1920-300x199A construction company owner based in Jacksonville, Florida has been arrested for her part in an alleged workers’ compensation insurance fraud scheme.

Andrea Karau, age 50, is the owner of Andies Construction and has been charged with money laundering, organized fraud, and structuring transactions to evade reporting or registration requirements in addition to workers’ compensation fraud. The investigation into Karau’s business practices was carried out by the Florida Department of Financial Services’ Bureau of Insurance Fraud.
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technology-2500010_1920-300x200On the morning of January 22, 2018, Anthony Gambino was driving on I-95 just south of Dock Junction, Georgia heading towards Florida when he was pulled over for speeding. According to court documents, when Camden County Sheriff’s Deputy Jim Kelly spoke to Gambino, Gambino “appeared nervous, fidgety, apologetic, and talkative.”

Gambino showed Deputy Kelly his New York drivers’ license, a license which Kelly verified had been suspended. Kelly let Gambino know that, since he was driving on a suspended license, he would be taken to county jail. Gambino let Deputy Kelly know he had a duffel back containing $55,000 with him in the car. Once Gambino was locked in the back of the police car, Deputy Kelly called for backup.
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plumbing-840835_1920-300x200During an undercover operation in Sarasota County, Florida last week, 17 people were arrested on charges of workers’ compensation fraud, unlicensed contracting, and other criminal charges.

“Operation Hammer Down II” was the result of a partnership between the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), the Sarasota County Building Department, and the Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Insurance Fraud. The first phase of the operation was conducted in April and resulted in six arrests.
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courtroom-898931_1920-300x226A new law reforming civil asset forfeiture in Arkansas is set to come into effect in July, but critics argue there are so many loopholes that it will change little in the state.

Civil asset forfeiture is a legal procedure whereby police are able to take possession of an individual’s property if that property is suspect of being involved in a crime. In most states, no criminal conviction is required before property is seized. To seize assets in Arkansas, police only need to show that a “preponderance of the evidence” indicates the property was involved in a crime. This standard is far below the “beyond a reasonable doubt” that is required in criminal cases.
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construction-worker-569149_1920-300x200Nine people in Bakersfield in central California are facing charges for attempting to take on contracting work without workers’ compensation insurance coverage.

In April, the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) led a sting operation designed to catch contractors working without a license or carrying workers compensation insurance. Agents pretended to own a home in the Liberty Park area of the city. They invited contractors to bid on various improvement projects in the house. The bids ranged from $950 to $4,200.
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