Articles Tagged with Fraud

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adult-artisan-blueprint-544965-300x200Authorities have arrested 20 building contractors in Pasco County, Florida for suspected workers’ compensation violations as well as not being licensed.

Investigators used a house at 7538 Redcoat Ave in New Port Richey for their sting operation. The house was ideal as it needs extensive remodeling. Investigators advertised asking for bids to complete work on the house. They then checked on the contractors who applied and discovered that the majority of them were unlicensed and were also operating without workers’ compensation insurance. The sting operation ran from September 11-15 and resulting in the 20 arrests.
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architecture-buildings-city-432361-300x200James Miller, former Chief Financial Officer of Barrett Business Services Inc. (BBSI) was indicted last week for falsely reporting workers’ compensation expenses and then profiting from these misrepresentations. BBSI provides personnel services including payroll and human resources, to companies across the country.

Miller, who served as CFO of the Vancouver, Washington-based company from 2008-2016, is alleged to have underreported BBSI’s workers’ compensation expenses to the tune of $12 million in 2013. He reported these expenses as fees and payroll taxes. Because of this, BBSI’s monetary situation appeared stronger and more attractive to investors than it actually was.
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close-up-court-courthouse-534204-300x167Craig C. Snee of Jackson Township, Ohio has been found guilty of workers’ compensation fraud. Snee operates Earth ’n Wood Products, a mulching company based several locations in the Akron, Ohio area. Earth ’n Wood also sells stone, topsoil, and landscaping products in addition to collecting yard waste.

Michael Bickis, the Assistant Stark County Prosecutor, said that Snee misclassified employees to reduce his workers’ compensation premiums and also underreported Earth ’n Wood’s payroll to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. The Stark County Prosecutor’s Office estimates Snee owes approximately $350,000 to the bureau.
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A pharmacist operating in New Port Richey, Florida as well as seven other individuals pleaded guilty last month to a compounding pharmacy fraud scheme, resulting in the forfeiture of various real properties, cars, and a 50-foot boat.

By the end of the scheme, which lasted about 3 years, the total value generated by the scheme was over $100 million.

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Miami-Dade Circuit Court is charging 13 Florida residents with fraud-related charges after law enforcement agents bust a fake credit card factory in Hialeah that federal prosecutors believe is the foundation of a nationwide scam.

Jaime Fernandez Del Pino of Miami reportedly ran the factory together with Julio Arjona Gomez of Miami Gardens. Both men were charged with conspiracy to commit access device fraud. An accomplice identified as Dayan Borges of Doral faces similar charges.

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