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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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handcuffs-2102488_1280-300x169A California-based brother and sister will have to pay more than $6.3 million in restitution after entering plea deals with for their part in a workers’ compensation fraud scheme.

Together with his sister Gloria, Enrique Vera operated Ultimate Inc., a construction company based in Los Angeles. As part of her plea deal, Gloria Vera, age 58, pleaded no contest to one felony count of insurance fraud and one felony count of workers’ compensation fraud. She had initially faced three counts of insurance fraud, five counts of workers’ compensation fraud, and three counts of felony grand theft of labor.
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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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