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worker-694267_1920-300x199A construction company owner based in Jacksonville, Florida has been arrested for her part in an alleged workers’ compensation insurance fraud scheme.

Andrea Karau, age 50, is the owner of Andies Construction and has been charged with money laundering, organized fraud, and structuring transactions to evade reporting or registration requirements in addition to workers’ compensation fraud. The investigation into Karau’s business practices was carried out by the Florida Department of Financial Services’ Bureau of Insurance Fraud.
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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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semi-trailers-534577_1920-300x225An Ohio businessman has been ordered to pay $144,400 in restitution and serve two years of probation for his part in a workers’ compensation fraud scheme.

Robert Tate, age 50, of Mansfield in north-central Ohio, is owner and operator of Elite TNT Enterprises LLC, a trucking and freight hauling business. Elite TNT Enterprises opened its doors in December 2016. It was only a few months later, however, that the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) learned that Tate was operating his business without workers’ compensation insurance coverage for his employees.
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calculator-1680905_1920-300x200A bill which would make changes to Florida’s workers’ compensation has been approved by a House panel even though it does not contain reforms requested by the state’s business community. Groups which represent retailers, major corporations, and small enterprises have been asking for caps on attorney fees in injured workers’ claim cases. They say these caps are necessary to stop workers’ compensation premiums from skyrocketing.

Instead, the House panel unanimously passed proposal HB 1399 last week. By changing the way insurance providers reimburse health care companies, HB 1399—if passed—could lead to a 5 percent reduction in the workers’ compensation insurance premiums paid by employers. This would follow the 13.4 percent reduction in state-set workers’ compensation insurance rates approved last year.
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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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