The owners of a San Diego employment agency that specialized in providing hotel workers pleaded guilty to insurance fraud and tax evasion.
According to California Department of Insurance investigators, the company underreported employment to avoid paying taxes and worker’s compensation insurance premiums. To disguise the fraud, the couple set up more than a dozen shell companies. A grand jury indicted the couple, as well as seven other people in the scheme.
The company provided contract housekeeping workers to high-end hotels in Southern California. According to investigators, the company retained insurance premiums and payroll taxes for more than 800 workers. Prosecutors pointed out that the hotel operators did not know of the fraud.
Employees said that they received payroll checks from the shell companies. They also did not receive overtime pay or worker’s compensation benefits for work-related injuries.
An informant revealed the scheme to federal investigators in 2010, but the grand jury did not indict the couple until 2015. The judge sentenced one company owner to more than 8 years in prison. The other owner received a 6 year sentence. In addition, the couple was ordered to pay more than $6.3 million in restitution.
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