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skyline-1509136_1920-300x231A company based in Houston, Texas has been ordered to pay a quarter of a million dollars after it was found to be involved in a workers’ compensation insurance scam.

The conviction was obtained by the prosecution unit of the Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC). The DWC’s investigation showed that, in the four-year period between 2008 and 2012, John Stergion, an employee of Alpha Mar, had both misrepresented the number of people employed by the company and also concealed payroll. Stergion’s actions resulted in reduced workers’ compensation insurance rates.
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dayton-ohio-20694_1920-300x150The three owners of a bar in Middletown, Ohio have been convicted of committing workers’ compensation fraud after pleading guilty to not providing their employees with the required coverage.

In Ohio, all employers with at least one employee are required to have workers’ compensation insurance coverage. The Employer Fraud Team (EFT) of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation became aware that the Old Crow Bar at 1217 Jackson Lane in Middletown were operating without workers compensation coverage for their workers. The EFT then sent agents to interview Lynn Howard, age 69, of Franklin, together with Chris Kraft, age 47, and John House, 53, of Middletown who together owned the Old Crow Bar. Agents explained to the owners that they were not compliant with the law and gave them instructions on how to open a policy with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
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baked-box-cheese-280453-300x200A restaurant owner in California has been sentenced to two years of probation for failing to provide workers’ compensation coverage for his employees. At his trial, the jury also found that he had continued to operate his business after being issued a “stop work” order.

In July 2018, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office filed a criminal complaint against David Michael Bufano, operator and owner of the Grant Street Pub and Pizzeria in Concord in the Bay Area. The filing was the result of a joint operation between the Employment Development Department, the Department of Industrial Relations’ Labor Commissioner’s Office, and the District Attorney’s Office.
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handcuffs-354042_1920-300x225A Florida business owner has been arrested for a workers’ compensation fraud scheme where she attempted to avoid paying tens of thousands of dollars in workers’ compensation insurance premiums.

Vanessa Arreguin, age 25, of West Palm Beach was charged with two felony counts of application fraud—that is, making fraudulent claims while applying for a policy or service—and three felony counts of concealing payroll.
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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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