An uninsured employer in Illinois has pled guilty to a Class 4 felony for refusing to obtain workers’ compensation insurance, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission announced.
John Linek, individually and as president of SMS Logistics of Chicago, has been ordered to pay a $10,000 penalty for refusing to obtain workers’ compensation insurance.
The IWCC’s Insurance Compliance Unit had been requesting compliance with the Act from this trucking firm since 2010.
In August 2013, the Compliance Division obtained a felony conviction against Ahmed Ghosien, d/b/a Ghosien European Auto Werks in Hometown. Ghosien pled guilty to a Class 4 felony for failing to obtain workers’ compensation insurance.
The IWCC’s Insurance Compliance Unit worked with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Special Prosecutions Division to obtain the conviction.
Again, the Insurance Compliance Unit had worked on the case since 2010.
Both of these individuals were given many opportunities to obtain insurance before charges were filed, but they persistently refused, the IWCC said.
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