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columbus-1936111_1920-300x200A business owner in Columbus, Ohio has pleaded guilty to a charge of workers’ compensation insurance fraud. He has paid more than $43,000 to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) in restitution.

Between 2009 and 2015, Gyorgy Benedek reported a zero payroll for his cleaning company, Maintenance Free Building Services Inc. Benedek’s company, in fact, had more than 30 employees during this period, and his unreported payroll totaled more than $650,000.
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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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coins-1523383_1920-300x200On December 1, workers’ compensation insurance rates in Delaware will drop by up to 10%. This marks the second year in a row where rates have decreased.

The Delaware Compensation Rating Bureau (DCRB) proposed a reduction in rates of 9.9 percent for the voluntary market. However, when Delaware’s Ratepayer Advocate and the Department of Insurance reviewed the proposals, they increased the reduction slightly. For the voluntary market, rates will be reduced by an average of 10 percent.
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construction-site-build-construction-work-159358-300x200A construction contractor in Minneapolis-St. Paul has been charged with workers’ compensation insurance fraud and labor trafficking.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office brought the charges against Ricardo Batres following an investigation by the Minnesota Commerce Fraud Bureau. According to the charges, Batres used undocumented workers on his construction crews. He threatened to have them deported unless they obeyed him, making them work very long shifts with no overtime pay.
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action-business-container-1267338-300x200The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) has proposed a 13.4 percent reduction in workers’ compensation insurance rates for employers in Florida. The proposal will be reviewed on October 17 by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR). If approved, this reduction—which would come into effect on January 1, 2019—would be the third such reduction in rates since 2016.

“Constant improvement in loss experience is the primary driver underlying the filing,” explained the NCCI in a statement. The 13.4 percent reduction reflects a downward trend nationwide. According to the report, “the long-term decline in claim frequency has continued to more than offset moderate increases in claim severity.”
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