The Internal Revenue Service has slowed the payment of refunds to employers for the Employee Retention Credit as the agency struggles to combat what it says are fraudulent and overstated claims for the credit.
Two Florida contractors were arrested in June for compensation fraud and are accused of underreporting their payroll so they would not have to pay for insurance premiums and fees, according to Chris Gothner of Local 10 News in Florida.
Scammers typically come out in numbers after a natural disaster, looking to capitalize on the tragedy and make some money from unsuspecting victims, according to C.A. Bridges and Laura Finaldi of the Herald-Tribune.
A Minnesota contractor has been charged with workers’ compensation fraud
April 14, 2023
The state of Minnesota has charged a Princeton, Minnesota, construction firm with workers’ compensation fraud after the firm claimed it had no employees for two years, in a piece reported by Dee DePass of the Star Tribune.
United States District Judge Brian J. Davis sentenced Oscar Molina-Avila to four years and four months in federal prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to defraud the United States for the purpose of impeding the lawful functions of the Internal Revenue Service, according to the U.S. DOJ.
An Ellensburg man will be getting used to life behind bars after he was sentenced to five years in prison for committing the biggest contractor fraud scheme in state history, according to Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries in an article from iFiberOne.