New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott recently announced the arrest of the Schenectady-based home improvement business, an individual with a history of criminal fraud, for repeatedly certifying that she had valid workers compensation insurance coverage for her employees when she in fact did not.
Christina Prasad (also known as Christina St. Andrew), 35, owner of CK Construction and Remodeling LLC, was charged with three counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, a felony.
An investigation by Inspector General Leahy Scott found that Prasad, on three separate occasions from March through June 2015, applied for building permits with the City of Schenectady Office of Code Enforcement for small residential projects valued at between $1,400 and $5,500. Each application contained a certification that her business had the required workers comp insurance. Her insurance coverage, however, had been cancelled in January for non-payment of premiums.
Prasad – who pleaded guilty in Lenoir County, N.C., to six counts of felony forgery in 2003, and pleaded guilty in Onslow County, N.C. in 2004 to Felony Attempted Obtaining Property by False Pretense and Misdemeanor Financial Card Fraud – was arraigned on the workers comp charges in Schenectady City Court and is due to return to court on Jan. 13, 2016.
Author Kori Shafer-Stack, Editor, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in post-injury response procedures and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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