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pexels-photo-544966-300x200The New York State Inspector General announced the arraignments of two construction contractors for allegedly putting their workers at risk by not providing them with workers’ compensation insurance coverage.

Segundo Loja and Robert A. Lutz were arraigned in Saratoga Springs City Court on February 6. According to court documents, Loja, who is the owner of NY Power Construction Corporation, allegedly submitted a fake certificate of insurance that showed his company had obtained both workers’ compensation and commercial general liability insurance coverage as required by law for any company with employees.

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airport-indoors-people-804463-300x200An expectant mother working for airport contractor Eulen America has filed a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after she was injured on the job and her bosses allegedly fired her for it.

According to the complaint, Hacheler Cyrille, 31, of Brooklyn, NY, fell onto a moving conveyor belt at Terminal 8 of JFK airport on May 8. Cyrille was trying trying to dislodge a piece of luggage that got stuck and lost her balance. She was 17 weeks pregnant at the time.

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scaffold-1207389_1920-300x200Two business owners in upstate New York were arrested last week for their part in an alleged workers’ compensation fraud scheme.

Jose Sanchez, age 50, resident of state capital Albany, is owner of Sanchez Partner Construction, and Leroy Nelson Jr., age 38, also of Albany, is owner of JRN Construction. Sanchez and Nelson have each been charged with the felony count “first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.” Sanchez has also been charged with the misdemeanor count “failure to secure workers’ compensation.”
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coins-1523383_1920-300x200The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) will cut the cost of the average premium rate for private employers by 20 percent. This is the largest single reduction in almost 60 years and follows the 12 percent reduction in premiums approved last year.

Stephanie McCloud, administrator/CEO of BWC, said, “We’re pleased to continue the trend of falling rates with a reduction that will save Ohio private employers more than $200 million next year.” These are, she said, the ninth reduction in workers compensation rates in Ohio since 2008.
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taxi-2118183_1920-300x185Two owners of transport and taxi companies in northern New York state have pleaded guilty to various fraud charges, including workers’ compensation and Medicaid fraud. These pleas are just the latest developments in a two-year investigation led by the New York State Police.

Arshad Nazir, age 54, of Plattsburg is the owner of Capital Medallion, which does business under the name Avalanche Taxi. Nazir pleaded guilty to the federal felonies of Conspiracy to Defraud the United States and to Pay Healthcare Kickbacks and Conspiracy to Commit Healthcare Fraud. As part of his plea agreement, at a later date, Nazir will also plead guilty to charges leveled by the state—Failure to Secure Workers’ Compensation and Grand Larceny in the Second Degree.

Nazir will be sentenced on June 18. He faces a fine of up to $250,000 and ten years in prison. The bust was part of a larger fraud investigation in the Capital and Adirondack regions of New York.
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