The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a steel packaging supplier for allegedly exposing its workers to amputation, chemical and other safety hazards at a job site in Lavonia, Georgia.
Norma Lopez Cedillo, the President of Nuvo Contractor, Inc., was arrested for committing workers’ compensation fraud last week. Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced Cedillo’s arrest on August 13th, 2019, stating that Cedillo had been avoiding paying almost $737,000 in workers’ compensation insurance premiums for the previous six months. It is not yet known whether Cedillo has hired an attorney.
The company reported a profit of nearly $5.5 million in the last year, but claimed a payroll of only $103,000 on their workers’ compensation policy. The investigation against Cedillo by Patronis’ Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Fraud showed that she had concealed payroll information to avoid paying higher premiums.
Rossi, aged 60, claimed to have suffered an injury to his right eye after having a co-worker blast a high-pressure water hose at him in 2015. Rossi purportedly said that the injury left him with severe headaches and blurry vision, making it difficult to drive his vehicle. As recompense, Rossi requested worker’s compensation benefits from the Cabrillo Unified School District.
Elizabeth Torres, a state employee from the Connecticut Department of Development Services, was taken into custody on July 30 under charges of fraud and larceny. Torres, aged 58, was accused of illegally taking more than $4,000 from the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program. Torres was arrested on a warrant that charged her with first-degree larceny. It is not known whether she has hired an attorney.
The warrant and subsequent arrest were made by Inspectors belonging to the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Control Unit from the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office. Torres was charged with larceny in the first degree for defrauding a Public Community and making fraudulent claims or receipt of benefits.