A Florida woman was arrested in August and charged with three felony counts of concealing payroll to avoid workers’ compensation premiums and two felony counts of application fraud, according to a statement from the Florida Department of Financial Services.
Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced on Aug. 31 the arrest of Vanessa Arreguin, 25, owner of V&G Concrete, Inc. for workers’ compensation fraud.
According to DFS, over the course of two years Arreguin is alleged to have conducted more than $7.5 million in business, but claimed she made less than $50,000. DFS said by doing so, she deliberately evaded paying $51,000 in workers’ compensation
“Workers’ compensation fraud puts employees at risk and drives up insurance rates for honest businesses,” Patronis said.
Arreguin surrendered to insurance fraud detectives at the Palm Beach County Jail and was released on bond. If convicted on all charges, Arreguin faces up to 20 years in prison.
To report suspected insurance fraud, call 1-800-378-0445 or www.myfloridacfo.com/division/difs. People reporting fraud can remain anonymous.
Source: Florida Department of Financial Services
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