When Suffolk County Insurance Crimes Unit investigators were unsuccessful in several attempts to contact Kerry Kirk Mohommed, one of the investigators posed as a contractor and invited Mohommed to give him an estimate on a flooring job.
Mohommed showed up May 20th to make the estimate and quickly arrested for felony workers’ compensation fraud.
About three years ago the 62-year-old Mohommed, a resident of Jamaica, Queens and the owner of two Richmond Hill flooring businesses gave two New York State Insurance Fund certificates of insurance to a NYSIF-insured contractor. One for KBF Interior Design and another for K Brothers Flooring. The contractor retained both companies.
It turned out both certificates were forgeries and neither of the companies had workers’ comp.
“People can learn a very important lesson from this case,”; said NYSIF Executive Director/CEO David P. Wehner. Contractors and home owners often overlook the importance of getting and then verifying certificates and not doing so can be costly.”;
He said verifications can easily be made by visiting NYSIF online.
The false certificates cost the policyholder to pay an additional $7,324 in premium.
Source: New York State Insurance Fund.
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