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calculator-1680905_1920-300x200The operator of an employment agency in central Massachusetts has been arrested for allegedly concealing his company’s payroll in order to lower his workers’ compensation insurance dues.

Tam Vuong, age 43, ran employment agency UT Services Inc., although it is his father, Ut, who appears as the company’s president and treasurer on the business registration. Vuong allegedly told UT Services’ workers’ compensation insurance carrier that the business had just one employee and a payroll of only $50,000 per year. UT Services, in fact, had several dozen employees and a considerably higher payroll.
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boston-3690818_1920-300x200A construction company owner in Massachusetts has been indicted for allegedly concealing payroll in order to reduce his workers’ compensation insurance premiums by tens of thousands of dollars.

Anner Valentin Amaya, age 45, of Revere, a city north of Boston, is the owner of Valetin’s General Contractors Inc. which also does business as Valentin’s Home Improvement. His company has worked on home renovations in the Boston and Cape Cod areas. The Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts began looking into Amaya’s business practices before referring the investigation to the state Attorney General’s Office.
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slaughterhouse-329350_1920-300x199The sentencing of a Tennessee man who was found guilty of wire fraud, tax fraud, and employing individuals living in the country without authorization has been delayed while another, related case is concluded.

James Brantley, age 61, is the owner of Southern Provision, LLC, a slaughterhouse and meatpacking business based in Bean Station in eastern Tennessee. Between 1988 and 2018, Brantley deliberately hired people living in the United States illegally in order to avoid paying workers’ compensation insurance premiums as well as unemployment insurance premiums and other tax obligations.
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people-2583493_1920-300x200The Connecticut Department of Labor has issued two dozen “Stop Work” orders to nail salons in the southwestern area of the state. After an investigation involving 39 nail salons, the department’s Division of Wage and Workplace Standards says the 24 affected businesses were in violation of labor laws.

Labor Commissioner Kurt Westby explained his department is now working with the salons, which are mostly in Fairfield County, to bring them into compliance with the law. The violations include misclassifying employees as independent contractors and failing to carry workers’ compensation coverage. Each salon could be fined up to $300 per employee for every day the business was not in compliance.
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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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