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pexels-photo-753619-300x169The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida has announced that a Jacksonville man accused of lying about damage caused by Hurricane Irma was indicted this week.

Deontre Javan Taylor, 26, was charged with disaster assistance fraud and faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted. It is unclear if he has acquired the services of an attorney.

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adult-beer-bottle-blur-174936-300x225Jacksonville police have arrested the driver involved in a DUI crash that killed four people over a year ago.

Blake Delapaz, 21, was charged with DUI manslaughter, DUI causing serious bodily injury, DUI, DUI causing property damage, and vehicular homicide. He was booked into Duval County Jail and was ordered held on $950,000 bond. It is unclear if he has acquired the services of an attorney.

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construction-2578410_1920-300x200Police in Jacksonville report that a construction worker was critically injured after being electrocuted by a high power transmission line in East Arlington.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred before noon on October 25 at the intersection of North Kernan Boulevard and Running River Road.

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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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