California Employers Arrested for Fraud, Tax Evasion, and Grand Theft

 

Fraud, Tax Evasion, and Grand Theft

 

The apparent owners of a Fresno-based commercial floor care business have been arrested for workers compensation premium fraud, tax evasion, and grand theft, according to state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones.

 

Charged are Osvaldo Molina, 40, of Fresno; Fortino Galeno, 46, of Fresno; and Alicio Galeno, 41, of Los Angeles.

 

Molina and Fortino Galeno have each been charged with 61 felony counts and Alicio Galeno has been charged with 23 felony counts.

 

According to detectives from the San Joaquin Valley Premium Fraud Task Force, Floor Care Systems was incorporated in California in July 2002 by Molina, however, the investigation revealed that Fortino Galeno was the true owner of the business. Floor Care Systems operated in Fresno and Los Angeles counties, cleaning floors in supermarkets.

 

 

Under-reported $5,000,000 in Payroll

 

Investigators learned that between April 2007 and October 2011 Messrs. Molina and Galeno are suspected of under-reporting more than $5,000,000 in employee payroll to their insurance carrier.

 

The apparent fraud cost insurers an estimated $782,000 in workers comp premiums and caused the state to miss out on $187,000 in withholdings, according to Jones.

 

Detectives also found evidence indicating that Alicio Galeno failed to pay minimum wage to employees and locked employees inside their work area without proper supervision, Jones added.

 

The investigation into Floor Care Systems centered on the misrepresentation of employee payroll to insurance carriers reducing the proper premium, and improper reporting to the Employment Development Department.

 

 

Up to Five Years in Prison and $50,000

 

If convicted on all charges, Messrs. Molina and Fortino Galeno could receive up to one year in county jail, or receive two to five years in prison for each felony count or pay fines up to $50,000 or double the value of the fraud, or by both imprisonment and fine. Alicio Galeno could receive up to one year in county jail or state prison for each felony count.

 

Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com. Contact: mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.

 

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Do not use this information without independent verification. All state laws vary. You should consult with your insurance broker, attorney, or qualified professional about workers comp issues.

Our Navy Should Not Be in More Danger At Home Than Overseas

OSHA Sites Workers Being Exposed to Extremely Toxic Materials

 
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued notices to the Fleet Readiness Center Southwest regarding violations of workplace health and safety standards at its facility in Coronado, outside San Diego, that exposed workers to extremely toxic materials such as lead, cadmium and beryllium.
 
Fleet Readiness Center Southwest is an agency of the U.S. Navy and has a workforce of about 10,000 employees nationwide. The Coronado aircraft maintenance facility employs approximately 500 workers.
 
 
Federal Agencies Must Comply with Same Safety Standards, Can’t Be Fined
 
As required by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, federal agencies must comply with the same health and safety standards as private sector employers. The federal agency equivalent of a private sector citation is the notice of an unhealthful or unsafe working condition, which informs agency officials of violations. OSHA cannot propose monetary penalties against another federal agency for failure to comply with its standards.
 
"Exposing workers to metals such as lead, cadmium and beryllium can result in serious illness and even fatal respiratory disease," said Jay Vicory, director of OSHA's San Diego Area Office. "We are encouraged by the Department of the Navy's response to OSHA's intervention, and we are working cooperatively with that department to further mitigate the hazards uncovered."
 
 
Food & Beverages Contaminated by Toxic Materials
 
Two alleged willful violations involve allowing workers to store and consume food and beverages in areas contaminated by toxic materials such as lead, cadmium and beryllium; hazards associated with the accumulation of cadmium in the workplace; and hazards associated with dry sweeping, which may be used only when vacuuming or other methods to minimize the likelihood of cadmium dust becoming airborne have been tried and are not effective. A willful violation is one committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.
 
Two alleged serious violations involve the accumulation of lead dusts throughout the workplace, the use of dry sweeping to clean work areas where lead was found, and a failure to implement a program for beryllium hazard prevention and control. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
 
 
Inspected 3 times in 2011, 21 Serious Violations
 
The facility was inspected by OSHA three times in 2011, resulting in notices for 21 serious violations, including two related to the accumulation of cadmium.
 
Fleet Readiness Center Southwest has 15 business days from receipt of the latest notices to comply or request an informal conference with OSHA's area director in San Diego.
 
 

Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com Contact mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com

 

 


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SB863 Changes Coming in January, California Employers Advised to Learn New Law

Senate Bill 863 Signed Into Law

 

Governor Jerry Brown of California signed into law on September 19, 2012 what was known as Senate Bill 863.  The new law, which goes into effect on January 1, 2013, makes major changes in the largest (and many people would argue the most complex) state workers’ compensation system.  Unfortunately, instead of simplifying the workers’ compensation law, it appears the changes in the law will make the California system even more complex.

 

 

Insurers Not Sure Will Realize Cost Savings

 

Governor Brown, who actively promoted the new law, claims the changes in the workers’ compensation system will reduce cost to employers by $1 billion dollars in the first year.  However, insurers overall are not so sure, with many of them considering the changes in the workers’ compensation law to be neutral in cost at best, and foresee higher claims cost if the theoretical savings forecasted by the authors of the law do not come about.

 

 

Changes and New Regulations

 

The new law is over 100 pages long and approximately 60,000 words.  There are approximately 50 statutory changes that go into effect on January 1, 2013.  Some of the areas of workers’ compensation that will be impacted with changes or new regulations/ requirements include:

 

  • Payment of permanent disability awards

 

  • Independent review process for medical treatment

 

  • Creation of an independent review process for medical billing disputes

 

  • Fees for current and future lien filings

 

  • Vouchers

 

  • Fee schedules for home health care, language interpretation and other workers’ compensation related services

 

  • Psychological/sleep/sexual claims

 

  • Self insurance

 

  • Carve outs

 

 

30% Increase in Permanent Disability Benefits

 

The reason many insurers do not foresee a cost benefit to the new law is due to the change in the payment of permanent disability benefits.  The new law will increase permanent disability benefits by 30%.  That is a given.  The estimated cost savings to be derived from the other changes are supposed to offset the increased level of permanent disability benefits plus save California employers an additional billion dollars per year.  The issue for insurers is the increase in permanent disability benefits is a definite cost increase while the cost savings from the other changes in the law are speculative at best.

 

The reason the cost savings are considered speculative is the new law leaves to the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) to draw up regulations on how to implement the new law.  As there is only 3 months before the law is scheduled to go into effect, the DIR which is required to get public in-put, will be pressed to establish all the necessary regulations in a timely manner.  There are insurers who are concerned that the new regulations from the DIR will not be employer friendly, and will not contain the proper level of balances and controls.

 

 

Short Time Before Law Goes Into Effect, Educate Yourself

 

The short time frame before the new law goes into effect also creates a substantial problem for employers, defense attorneys, medical providers, and claims adjusters in learning the new workers’ compensation requirements.  The law is complex and it will require a significant amount of retraining and/or rethinking by the people who on a daily basis have to deal with the workers’ compensation system.

 

If you are a California employer, we recommend you quickly take the necessary steps to educate yourself on the changes coming in California workers’ compensation.

 

 

Author Rebecca Shafer, JD, President of Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is a national expert in the field of workers compensation. She is a writer, speaker, and publisher. Her expertise is working with employers to reduce workers compensation costs, and her clients include airlines, healthcare, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality, and manufacturing. She is the author of the #1 selling book on cost containment, Workers Compensation Management Program: Reduce Costs 20% to 50%Contact: RShafer@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com.

 

Editor Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com Contact mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com

 


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The Best Tidbits of News From the Workers Comp Community

 

Cavalcade of Risk #166

 

A summary of the top risk prevention blog posts of the week: Manage Your Trading Risk ,  The Key to an Effective ERM Program., An Alternative to Having “Skin in the Game” Most Colorado Residents Have Health Insurance., Life Insurance for Parents., My Wealth Builder., Challenges in Putting The Client First. InsureBlog., Do I need earthquake insurance? , 

 

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Workers Compensation Seminar

 

Workers’ Compensation claims can have a significant impact on your business through lost productivity, claims costs, and litigation risks. Dinsmore attorneys are committed to keeping you up-to-date — more prepared and more productive in handling WC claims and mitigating risk. During this year’s three-hour seminar, you’ll learn about a variety of subjects including hearing preparation and electronic claim filing though ICON and Dolphin systems, updates on the “Substantial Aggravation” standard, Voluntary Abandonment, IMEs and rating issues for state-funded employers. Register for the event HERE

 

 

The real future of SB 863 is in the hands of system participants.

 

 

The California Workers’ Compensation and Risk Conference, which started yesterday, could not have been more fortuitously scheduled with the opening presentation occurring just 19 days after the Legislature shut its doors for the season and the Governor’s signing of Senate Bill 863 just the day before.As one might expect, most of the buzz at the conference is about SB 863 and my public sentiment thermometer gauged that most everyone believes that there are good provisions, bad provisions, and elements that could go either way depending upon how the regulations implementing the changes are drafted … and how the courts interpret both the new law and regulations. Read More…

 

 

California DIR Officials Outline Goals and Tasks for Implementing SB 863 Workers’ Comp Reforms by David Bryan Leonard, Esq

 

The 2012 California Workers’ Compensation and Risk Conference opened September 19, 2012 at the St. Regis Resort, Dana Point with an update from the DIR/DWC/WCAB entitled “What’s on the horizon for 2013?”

Presented by WCAB Chairwoman Ronnie Caplane and Katherine Zalewski, Chief Counsel for the Department of Industrial Relations, the panel gave a candid summary of Senate Bill 863.  Just signed into law by Governor Brown, SB 863 was presented as a sweeping overhaul of California’s Workers’ Compensation Act.

 

Acknowledging that SB 863 imposes seemingly “daunting” tasks for the WCAB and DIR, both panelists noted the need for additional enabling regulations from each Department.   Read more…

 

 

Special Discount to Attend the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference

 

Worker’s Compensation Expert Rebecca Shafer will be presenting at the 21st Annual National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference® in Las Vegas, November 7 – 9.

 

Rebecca would like to invite you to join her there and be a part of the nation’s leading training event for workers’ comp and disability management professionals. And, more importantly, to benefit from all the great strategies and best practices you’ll learn that will help you solve the biggest challenges facing our industry.

 

The organizers have given Rebecca a special discount to offer you– $320.00 off the on-site rate – even larger than the discount advertised in the brochure. You can attend all the sessions and networking events over the two-and-a-half days for only $975.

 

To attend at this special $320.00 discount, register by Oct. 22 using Promo Code SPKR12 (all caps).  Register atwww.WCConference.com

 

 

<pAuthor Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com Contact mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.

 


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Operation Underground Stings CA Contractors for Workers Comp Fraud

Contractors Under-reporting to Avoid Work Comp Insurance

 
California officials report dozens of workers have been hit with citations in a statewide sweep targeting contractors for allegedly under-reporting payrolls in order to avoid paying higher workers compensation insurance and taxes, according to state officials.
 
The Contractors State License Board, Department of Insurance and Employment Development Department (CSLB) jointly conducted “Operation Underground” last month to check for potential “off the books” activity by 133 contractors, resulting in 104 citations and stop orders, according to the CSLB.
 
A CSLB spokeswoman said it may take up to a year to complete investigations arising from the two-day sweep.
 
 
Misdemeanor or Felony Charges
 
Misdemeanor or felony charges could be filed, depending on the level of wrongdoing uncovered, she said, adding that, in the meantime, none of the contractors can be identified.
 
Contractors in 11 counties were cited during Operation Underground.
 
Participants in the state’s underground economy are harmful to everyone,” said CSLB Registrar Steve Sands. “Anyone who neglects their responsibility to comply with state contracting, insurance, and payroll requirements drives up premiums. At the same time, legitimate licensed contractors struggle because illegal operators underbid them.”
 
 
Tips for Hiring Contractors
 
Officials reminded people planning to hire a contractor for residential or commercial work to keep the following in mind:
 
– any contracting job valued at more than $500 requires a license;
– unlicensed contractors can perform work that’s less than $500, but they must disclose that they’re not licensed in ads, according to state law;
– before anyone hires a contractor, they should verify the person’s license via the CSLB’s website, www.checkthelicensefirst.com;
– obtain at least three bids; and
– never pay more than 10 percent of the total estimated cost of a job, or $1,000, whichever is less.
 
 

Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com Contact mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com

 

 


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California Sees More Financial Troubles with Workers Comp

 

As if California does not have enough monetary problems, now comes word that insurers’ witnessed billions in financial losses during 2011.
 
The Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau reported that the insurers who provide coverage for the majority of employers collected $10.4 billion in premiums in 2011, but paid out some $7.7 billion in support benefits and medical care, and had expenses of $5 billion, thereby losing approximately $2.3 billion.
 
According to the new report, losses on workers comp coverage were greater than those experienced in 2010.
California’s workers comp insurers on average in 2011 spent approximately $1.22 on claims and expenses for every dollar of premium they took in. That compares to $1.17 in both 2010 and 2009, $1.01 in 2008 and 85 cents in 2007.
 
Insurers, the report points out, paid out $4.4 million for medical care of disabled workers and another $3 million in direct support benefits to workers. The report, however, does not include data from large private and public employers who generally self-insure for job injuries as opposed to purchasing insurance.
 
 

Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com Contact mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com

 

 


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California Roofing Contractor Gets Year in Jail, Must Pay Restitution

A California roofing contractor was sentenced recently to one year in jail and was ordered to pay $510,000 in restitution for failing to provide workers compensation insurance for an injured employee and failing to pay insurance premiums for unclaimed employees, who were paid in cash.

 
 
According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, Michael Amzie Holley, 43, Murrieta, pleaded guilty to a court offer to two felony counts of perjury by declaration, two felony counts of recording false and forged instruments, one felony count of misrepresenting facts to the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF), seven felony counts of making a fraudulent statement, one felony count of presenting a fraudulent material statement to obtain compensation, one felony count of making a false statement to discourage an injured worker from claiming benefits, one felony count of willfully failing to pay taxes, one felony count of failing to file a return with the intent to evade taxes, and a sentencing enhancement for aggravated white collar crime over $500,000. [WCx]
 
 

At the time
of the crime, Holley was a roofing contractor and owner of So Cal Roofing. The defendant purchased a minimum workers compensation policy from SCIF and failed to state that he employed subcontractors, paid workers in cash, hired unlicensed employees, and leased employees from other companies. Holley paid his employees in cash to hide the fact that So Cal Roofing had workers. He received insurance based on his false declaration and entered into a contract requiring SCIF to cover all workers employed by Holley, even those employees unknown to the insurance company. Holley submitted inaccurate payroll reports to SCIF, resulting in underpayment of insurance premiums. To hide the fraud, Holley failed to file an accurate tax return to avoid paying taxes to the State on the cash payments made to his employees.
 
 
One of Holley’s employees was injured when he fell off a roof, and subsequently filed a workers comp insurance claim. Holley denied that the injured employee worked for him, thus denying the injured employee his workers comp insurance benefits. Subsequently, Holley fraudulently signed under penalty of perjury that he had no employees at So Cal Roofing and filed these documents with the California State Contractor’s Licensing Board to make him exempt from securing workers comp insurance.
 
 
California law requires that all employers maintain workers comp insurance for their employees. Payroll records showing the number of employees and their income must be submitted to both the workers comp insurance company and EDD, who oversee the collection of payroll taxes. [WCx]
 
 
Workers comp insurance rates are determined by a formula, which takes into consideration the number and type of employees and the company’s history of injury claims.
 
 

Author Robert Elliott, executive vice president, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. has worked successfully for 20 years with many industries to reduce Workers Compensation costs, including airlines, healthcare, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality and manufacturing. He is an editor and contributor to Workers Compensation Management Program: Reduce Costs 20% to 50%. Contact: Info@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com.

 

 

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Sacramento Resident Stung with Workers Comp Fraud Conviction

A Yolo County, California jury has convicted a West Sacramento resident and 25-year employee of The Sacramento Bee of workers compensation insurance fraud.

 
 
According to the Yolo County District Attorney's Office, Linda Vela, 58, was convicted of seven counts of workers comp fraud, three counts of presenting false statements concerning payment on an insurance policy and two counts of attempted perjury in connection with disability claims made over a two-year period. [WCx]
 

Vela, who was employed as a member of The Bee's finance department, left her position on disability and was diagnosed with bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome.
 
 
Vela, who had surgery on her right wrist, complained that she was still in pain after the surgery and that she could not go back to work despite the surgeon's recommendation that she return to work. Due to Vela's complaints of pain and her reported inability to use her hands, her physician kept her off work as "totally disabled."
As a result, Vela obtained workers comp benefits from The McClatchy Co., parent company of The Sacramento Bee, along with payment through Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.
 
 
Not long after starting to receive payments, Vela was nabbed on video doing many of the things that she told doctors she could not do.
 
 
An orthopedic surgeon who watched the surveillance video testified that Vela could go back to work with the restriction that she "avoids power gripping and torqueing." [WCx]
 
 
Author Robert Elliott, executive vice president, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. has worked successfully for 20 years with many industries to reduce Workers Compensation costs, including airlines, healthcare, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality and manufacturing. He is an editor and contributor to Workers Compensation Management Program: Reduce Costs 20% to 50%. Contact: Info@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com.
 
 
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California Employers Reminded to Post Worker Injury Summary through April 30

 

The California Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DIR/DOSH), also known as Cal/OSHA, is reminding all employers that the annual summary of all work-related injuries and illnesses (Form 300A), must be posted at their place of business now through April 30.

 

The form (300A) is available on DIR’s Web site.  The purpose of the form is to provide all employees the opportunity to review any and all injuries or illnesses that occurred at their place of work during the previous year. Former employees and their representatives also have a right to review the form.  The form must be posted in a visible and easily-accessible area. (WCxKit)

 

 
Transparency and accountability are very important aspects of the employer-employee relationship,” said Cal/OSHA Chief Ellen Widess. “This form gives employees, former employees and their representatives’ access to worksite injury and illness data.  Full and accurate reporting of injuries and illnesses is vital to understanding hazards in the workplace. It is also a good tool to determine where additional safety and health measures are needed.”

 

Employers are required to fill out and post the form every year, even if no workplace injuries occurred. Information that must be disclosed on the form includes total number of cases with days away from work, total number of days injured or sick employees spent away from work, and the different types of injury or illness suffered.

 

Employers who would like more information on their posting requirements or who would like more information on how to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses are encouraged to visit the DIR Web site at www.dir.ca.gov/DOSH/EmployerInformation.htm. In addition, if an employer would like to speak with a Cal/OSHA consultant, free assessments are available by calling the Cal/OSHA Consultation Program 1-800-963-9424. (WCxKit)

 

Employees with work-related questions or complaints can call the California Workers Information Hotline at 1-866-924-9757.


Author Robert Elliott
, executive vice president, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. has worked successfully for 20 years with many industries to reduce Workers Compensation costs, including airlines, healthcare, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality and manufacturing. He is an editor and contributor to Workers Compensation Management Program: Reduce Costs 20% to 50%. Contact: Info@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com.

 

 


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California Fireworks Officer Manager Sentenced For Embezzlement and Forgery

A former California firework wholesaler office manager was sentenced to two years in prison for stealing more than $146,000 from his employer by claiming the money was to obtain city firework sale booth permits.
 
 
According to a report from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Carlos Martinez Rosales, 29, pleaded guilty this spring, to one felony count of grand theft and five felony counts of forgery with a sentencing enhancement for loss over $65,000. In addition to two years in state prison, Rosales has been ordered to pay $146,000 in restitution.
 
 
TNT Fireworks (TNT) is a nationwide wholesale distributor of fireworks with a corporate office in Fullerton. Rosales was hired in February 2007 as an office manager who was responsible for obtaining permits with cities in Orange and Los Angeles counties to set up July 4 firework sale booths.
 
 
Between June 2007 and June 2008, authorities say Rosales stole more $146,000 from TNT by requesting approximately 200 fraudulent checks. He is accused of claiming the checks would be used as payment for firework booths throughout Orange and Los Angeles counties, and instead depositing the funds into his personal accounts.
 
 
In July 2008, TNT’s president discovered the theft during a review of the company’s finances. The theft was reported to the Fullerton Police Department, who investigated this case.
 
 
Author Robert Elliott, executive vice president, Amaxx Risks Solutions, Inc. has worked successfully for 20 years with many industries to reduce Workers Compensation costs, including airlines, healthcare, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality and manufacturing. See www.LowerWC.com for more information. Contact: Info@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com or 860-553-6604.

 
Do not use this information without independent verification. All state laws vary. You should consult with your insurance broker or agent about workers comp issues.
 
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