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coins-948603_1920-300x200A Georgia man arrested earlier this year on charges of workers compensation insurance fraud now faces six additional counts of insurance fraud and violating state insurance reporting laws.

In January, Bob Coleman, age 69, a county commissioner for Glynn County, Georgia, was arrested together with his wife Sherry, age 59, after a yearlong investigation into their business practices. The couple together ran Coleman Insurance, and Bob Coleman was a respected member of the community. He was elected to the Glynn County Commission three times, and the couple has lived in the area for their whole lives.
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cannabis-2150543_1920-300x184On January 28, Oscar Osorio was driving a Honda Civic through Alachua County in northern Florida when he was pulled over. Deputy Jasper Stephenson, a member of the Alachua County Drug Task Force Domestic Highway Enforcement Team, had observed Osorio tailgating another vehicle in violation of Florida state statutes.

Osorio showed Deputy Stephenson his Mexican identification card, but he did not have a valid driver’s license on him. Together with Osorio in the car was Belisario Osorio-Santiago (no relationship was specified in reports); Osario explained to the deputy that he and Osorio-Santiago had driven from Oxnard near Los Angeles in California to St. Pete Beach in central Florida to meet a friend.
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police-line-3953745_1920-300x199A restaurant in Birmingham, Alabama, has been ordered to close until they obtain workers’ compensation insurance coverage for their workers and pay fines owed to the state.

The J. Clyde, a popular restaurant in the lively Southside district of Birmingham, closed its doors in early June after a judge ruled it was in contempt of court after operating without workers’ compensation insurance for its employees. A sign on the door, issued by Jefferson County Sheriff Mark Pettway, reads “Business closed by order of Circuit Court of Jefferson County for failure to provide workers compensation.”
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car-1531273_1920-300x200Almost two and a half years after they seized $627,000 in a traffic stop, Missouri law enforcement has agreed to return approximately two-thirds of the cash to Lu Li, who claimed the money.

As I reported last year, on January 10, 2017, police pulled over Zhimin Peng when he was speeding while driving through Boone County in central Missouri. Peng explained to police that he was on a road trip from Chicago to San Francisco with his friend, Ting Wei Huang. On inspecting the vehicle, police officers found $627,000 in cash in several duffle bags. Peng said his friend Lu Li had lent him the money to buy a house.
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plumber-228010_1920-300x199Nineteen contractors have been arrested in the Tampa, Florida region for allegedly working without workers’ compensation insurance or without a license.

The two unrelated operations took place in Pinellas County and Manatee County. The ten arrests in Pinellas County are part of an ongoing operation named “Operation Stonewall,” which was designed to root out individuals working as contractors without a license or workers’ compensation insurance. For this operation, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the state’s Department of Financial Services. The nine arrests in Manatee County, meanwhile, were the result of a collaboration between the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, Manatee County Code Enforcement, and the state’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR).
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