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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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architecture-blue-build-162557-300x194Affinity Human Resources and Parkside Construction of Queens, New York, have been charged with workers’ compensation insurance fraud as well as underpaying workers. A number of employees of both companies, including several executives, have been charged. All have pleaded not guilty.

Parkside Construction has worked on several projects during Manhattan’s current building boom, including Steinway Tower in Midtown and the Marriott Hotel on Pearl Street in the Financial District. The New York County District Attorney’s office alleges that Parkside Construction worked together with Affinity to underreport $42 million in payroll between 2014 and 2017.
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agreement-business-businessmen-886465-300x200In 2014, Philadelphia police seized the home of Chris and Markela Sourovelis after their son was arrested for selling drugs worth $40 outside on their property. The police used a process known as civil asset forfeiture to take the property. This is a legal procedure where law enforcement can take someone’s property or cash if it is suspected of being involved in a crime. They can do so without a criminal conviction or even filing criminal charges.

According to the Institute for Justice (IJ), the use of civil asset forfeiture in Philadelphia has gone “unchecked” for years. Until recently, all funds from civil asset forfeiture seizures went directly Philadelphia’s law enforcement.
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With all of the controversy revolving around civil asset forfeiture in recent years, support for such policies is hard to find. In fact, any story that mentions the policies is almost sure to talk about a grave injustice has been done to the victim of the forfeiture.

To be sure, the actual of examples of abuse of civil asset forfeiture laws are plentiful. However, that does not stop proponents of civil asset forfeiture from remaining adamant that the laws are an overall good for society. An Alabama District Attorney and an Alabama Sheriff are the latest to speak out in defense of civil asset forfeiture, which comes as the Alabama Legislature begins considering legislation that would drastically change the way civil asset forfeitures are handled in Alabama in favor of civilians. Continue reading