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Work comp fraud = jail time

Tuesday, November 15, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rhette Baughman
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A former Camp Verde payroll company owner was sentenced in October to a year in jail for falsely reporting hours, wages and types of work to SCF Arizona.

Damian Andre, 36, was president of Arizona Payroll Systems Inc., of Camp Verde. The payroll company provided services for more than two dozen small businesses in the Camp Verde, Cottonwood and Sedona areas.

SCF’s Fraud Unit, working with a premium auditor, began investigating Andre’s company and uncovered information they turned over to the state Attorney General’s office. According to the Attorney General’s office, Andre collected work comp premium from his clients between 2005 and 2007 but falsely reported payroll information. The misrepresentations resulted in a premium underpayment of $72,453 to SCF Arizona, investigators said.

In addition to jail time, Andre was ordered to pay SCF restitution in full plus a $9,000 fine. A Maricopa County Superior Court judge also sentenced Andre to five years probation on the charge of fraudulent schemes and artifices, plus three years of probation on the charge of misrepresentation affecting premiums for workers’ compensation insurance.

If you suspect workers’ compensation insurance fraud, contact SCF’s Fraud Hotline, 800.526.5226.

Provided by SCF Arizona, AZ@Work Magazine

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