Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Roof Contractor Pleads Guilty to Workers’ Compensation Fraud

Workers’ compensation insurance is given to all employees to ensure that they will receive financial help from the company if ever they were injured at work. A roof contractor who failed to provide it to his injured employee is now facing probable jail time.

Reports stated that Michael Amzie Hollings, 41, from Murrieta, has entered a guilty plea to at least 16 felony counts related to perjury, making false statements, and filing false documents. He can be ordered to spend at least three years inside the state prison during his sentencing, which was scheduled on June 25.

The issue began when one of his So Cal Roofing employees was injured after falling from a roof in March 2003. According to reports, the injured employee filed a workers’ compensation claim but Hollings denied his employment, thus preventing him to receive benefits.

Prosecutors argued that the minimum workers’ compensation policy was purchased by the contractor for his company, but he reported that no one is working for him. His employees were paid in cash and he provided incorrect payroll reports just to conceal their employment.