Investigators in Florida recently reported that they brought down a workers compensation fraud ring in Broward County.
According to officials with the state’s division of insurance fraud and Broward County deputies, the investigation known as “Operation Dirty Money” led to the seizing of a million dollars.
In all, eight individuals are facing charges of workers comp fraud and money laundering. They’re accused of being involved in a check cashing scheme to avoid the cost of workers comp coverage.
“Workers compensation premiums are based on the number of employees you report and your amount of payroll. What these folks do is they intentionally go out and set up a company that is just on paper and insure it for the smallest workers comp they’re able to obtain,” Major Geoffrey Branch of the Florida Division of Insurance Fraud remarked.
In this matter, investigators say the fraud involved a construction company. According to investigators, Hugo Rodriguez was the ringleader and allegedly funneled more than $70 million through shell companies to avoid paying workers comp coverage. In court, his bond was set at more than half a million dollars.
Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater noted that this kind of fraud takes a billion dollars a year out of Florida’s economy.
The Workers Compensation Fraud Task Force is a joint venture involving the state and Broward County aimed at stopping workers comp fraud.
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