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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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jacksonville-77804_1920-300x179A Jacksonville, Florida brother and sister have been sentenced for their role in a scheme to illegally employ undocumented immigrants in construction work. Their scheme involved avoiding millions of dollars in workers’ compensation insurance and payroll tax.

Fanny Melina Zelaya-Mendez, age 39, and Roger Omar Zelaya-Mendez, age 34, ran various shell companies which provided workers to contractors and subcontractors. They used these companies to hire and pay hundreds of undocumented immigrants. Since the contractors and subcontractors paid the workers through these shell companies, they were therefore able to avoid being responsible for making sure that the workers were authorized to work in the country, that the workers had workers’ compensation insurance coverage, and that the appropriate payroll taxes were being paid.
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Late last month, Jacksonville police announced one of their largest drug seizures in recent years, with the discovery of nearly 16 pounds of heroin valued at close to $400,000.

In addition to the significant bust, authorities also took three suppliers off the streets as part of Operation Big Apple, a years-long investigation targeting drugs trafficked to Florida from New York City.

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