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boston-3690818_1920-300x200A construction company owner in Massachusetts has been indicted for allegedly concealing payroll in order to reduce his workers’ compensation insurance premiums by tens of thousands of dollars.

Anner Valentin Amaya, age 45, of Revere, a city north of Boston, is the owner of Valetin’s General Contractors Inc. which also does business as Valentin’s Home Improvement. His company has worked on home renovations in the Boston and Cape Cod areas. The Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts began looking into Amaya’s business practices before referring the investigation to the state Attorney General’s Office.
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asphalt-automobile-automotive-125514-300x169Joseph Franco of Aventura, Florida was arrested on March 27 for allegedly being high on nitrous oxide when he ran over and killed Amir Pelleg, and injured his wife and daughters.

Franco, 27, is charged with DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, three counts of reckless driving with serious bodily injury, and three counts of DUI causing serious injury. He was ordered held on $77,500 bond. The press did not name an attorney for him.

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aggressive-anger-angry-163431-300x200Mexican telenovela star Pablo Lyle is accused of punching and knocking out 63-year-old Juan Ricardo Hernandez in a Miami street on March 31.

Lyle was arrested on Monday morning by Miami police and charged with battery. He posted $5,000 bond Monday and was given permission to fly back to Mexico. Attorney information was not immediately available.

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squad-car-1209719_1920-300x162In May 2016, Braden Carlisle was traveling with friends from Charlotte, South Carolina to Myrtle Beach for the weekend. Carlisle was pulled over by police, who arrested him and seized the $6,600 in cash that was in the car with them.

“It scared the heck out of me,” said Carlisle. “I was like, this is insane. This is insane. This is worse than the stuff you see on the movies.”
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calculator-1680905_1920-300x200A bill which would make changes to Florida’s workers’ compensation has been approved by a House panel even though it does not contain reforms requested by the state’s business community. Groups which represent retailers, major corporations, and small enterprises have been asking for caps on attorney fees in injured workers’ claim cases. They say these caps are necessary to stop workers’ compensation premiums from skyrocketing.

Instead, the House panel unanimously passed proposal HB 1399 last week. By changing the way insurance providers reimburse health care companies, HB 1399—if passed—could lead to a 5 percent reduction in the workers’ compensation insurance premiums paid by employers. This would follow the 13.4 percent reduction in state-set workers’ compensation insurance rates approved last year.
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