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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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anno-1900-clothes-clothes-line-54611-300x201U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is seeking forfeiture action on 52 cartons of men’s briefs that were in a shipment presented for entry into the U.S. at Long Beach Seaport on April 16, 2015.

Entry documents identified the shipment’s importer as Sunshine Import International Corporation. The shipment came from Xiamen, China.

According to the forfeiture complaint, the shipment was seized by CBP on May 18, 2015, and is currently in the agency’s custody. A warehouse inspection by CBP allegedly revealed that the briefs bore a possible infringement of the “leaping cat” design that is a registered trademark belonging to sporting goods manufacturer Puma.

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police-2122373_1920-300x200A brother and sister in Paramount, California have been charged with workers’ compensation fraud and grand theft of labor. The siblings, who run Ultimate Inc. construction company, are accused of defrauding the State Compensation Insurance Fund of $6 million.

Enrique Vera, 48, is the owner of Ultimate Inc., while his sister, Gloria Vera, 57, is the company’s office manager. Christopher Hartman of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office alleges they falsified payroll records of Ultimate Inc. in order to pay a lower rate of workers’ compensation insurance.
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bills-cash-collection-47344-300x212In the early hours of January 10, 2017, Zhimin Peng of Chicago was traveling through Boone County, Missouri when he was pulled over by Deputy Patrick Richardson. Peng had been driving his rental car at 94 mph. Together with Peng in the car was Ting Wei Huang. They told Richardson that they were on a short break from college and were traveling from Chicago to San Francisco.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Matt Halford soon joined Richardson. Halford obtained permission to search Huang’s possessions. When Halford opened a bag in the trunk, he saw it contained a large amount of cash. Another officer, Kevin Purdy of the Columbia Police Department arrived with his drug dog, Duncan; the dog alerted officers to the odor of narcotics in several bags in the trunk. The bags contained nearly $627,000 in cash.
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