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justice-2060093_1920-300x200Alan Amir Yousefi of Irvine, California, was arraigned on February 25 and has been charged with ten felony counts—including two counts of insurance fraud—for failing to procure workers’ compensation insurance for his clients.

Yousefi, age 31, who was operating as Vanak Insurance Services, targeted small businesses and contractors in Southern California. Yousefi’s clients believed they were paying for workers’ compensation insurance coverage for their employees. An investigation by the California Department of Insurance shows that Yousefi issued fake certificates of coverage and kept the money for himself.
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build-builder-construction-159375-300x200The CEO of a construction business in northern California has been accused, together with her husband and son, of committing workers’ compensation insurance fraud, bribery, and money laundering. The company had several major contracts with the federal government and the military.

Selina Singh, age 55, was president and CEO of Federal Solutions Group (FSG), while her husband Majinder Paul “MP” Singh, age 57, was vice president and in charge of administrating the business. Selina employed her son, Kabir, age 28, in the family business. Interviewed in 2016, Selina explained why: “We told him that we started everything from scratch, so it’s better you learn from us and grow with us as we grow—that way you can learn faster.” The three also work for another firm owned by the family, Bara Infoware Inc.
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baked-box-cheese-280453-300x200A restaurant owner in California has been sentenced to two years of probation for failing to provide workers’ compensation coverage for his employees. At his trial, the jury also found that he had continued to operate his business after being issued a “stop work” order.

In July 2018, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office filed a criminal complaint against David Michael Bufano, operator and owner of the Grant Street Pub and Pizzeria in Concord in the Bay Area. The filing was the result of a joint operation between the Employment Development Department, the Department of Industrial Relations’ Labor Commissioner’s Office, and the District Attorney’s Office.
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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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cannery-row-71836_1920-300x225Salvatore Carbone, age 58, has pleaded no contest to a charge of workers’ compensation insurance fraud. He has been sentenced to 40 days in jail and three years’ probation. The judge suspended the statutory $10,000 penalty; it will remain suspended if he completes his probation satisfactorily.

Carbone operates and owns Sal’s Alley Side Café and Carbone’s Bar, in Monterey, California. Both locations opened in 2007 and are located next to each other on Monterey’s popular Lighthouse Street. In 2017, the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office received information that Carbone had lied to the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) about the number of people he employed. The Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit investigated and confirmed that, for the period of August 2014 to August 2015, Carbone had fraudulently claimed he was the sole employee at Carbone’s Bar.
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