A Suffolk County, New York roofer who allegedly passed phony certificates of workers’ compensation coverage as he took work at job sites around the county is now charged with insurance fraud in a case initiated by the New York State Insurance Fund.
The roofer faces a felony fraud charge of violating the Workers’ Compensation Law following his arrest by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Insurance Crime Bureau.
Investigators said the owner allegedly presented three altered NYSIF workers’ comp. insurance certificates to three different Suffolk County contractors – one each in East Northport, Babylon and Riverhead between 2007 and 2009.
The investigation revealed that the suspect allegedly presented the contractors with fraudulent NYSIF certificates indicating that Commercial Roof Services had valid workers’ comp insurance with NYSIF, leaving the contractors liable for insurance premiums totaling $10,000. (workersxzcompxzkit)
Legitimate NYSIF certificates of insurance carry a unique verification number. NYSIF allows contractors and homeowners to protect themselves against liability by checking the verification number of NYSIF certificates online at nysif.com using NYSIF eCERTS (registered).
Author Rebecca Shafer, J.D. President, Amaxx Risks Solutions, Inc. has worked successfully for 20 years with many industries to reduce Workers’ Compensation costs, including airlines, healthcare, manufacturing, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality and manufacturing. She can be contacted at: RShafer@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com or 860-553-6604.
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