San Diego Contractor to Pay State Fund $456,000

August 24, 2006

San Diego Superior Court Judge Timothy Walsh has ordered the owner of a San Diego construction company to pay $456,061 in restitution to California’s State Compensation Insurance Fund in a workers’ compensation insurance fraud case. David Haskit, 44, a licensed general contractor and owner of Haskit Construction, Inc., was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to workers’ compensation insurance premium fraud.

“Employers cannot cut corners to create profit for themselves while putting their employees at risk,” said Fiona Khalil, San Diego County Deputy District Attorney, “If they decide not to adequately insure those who work for them, they will be investigated and face serious criminal penalties.”

Haskit has owned his San Diego residential remodeling company since 1986. State Fund participated in the investigation by conducting audits of Haskit’s workers’ compensation records.

In June of this year, Haskit’s contractors license was revoked and in July he lost his insurance with State Fund. He had been insured with State Fund since 2002.

Source: State Compensation Insurance Fund

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