Contractor Ordered to Pay $129,000 to Calif. State Fund

March 30, 2007

San Diego County Superior Court Judge David Danielsen has ordered the owner of a San Diego area tree service company to pay $129,000 in restitution to California’s State Compensation Insurance Fund as a result of a workers’ compensation insurance fraud case.

Kenneth Bojok, who owns Lakeside-based Ken Bojok Tree Service, also was sentenced to three years informal probation and ordered to do 250 hours of community service as part of his conviction on one count of workers’ comp insurance premium fraud and one count of tax evasion.

State Fund aided the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office in its investigation of Bojok, who paid some of his employees via payroll check and the balance in cash and some employees all in cash. Under this arrangement, Bojok avoided paying proper workers’ comp premiums to SCIF, which insured his company since 1997.

SCIF uncovered the fraud while processing a claim from one of Bojok’s employees, who revealed that he was paid partially in cash and partially by a check.

According to San Diego County Prosecutor Dave Bagheri, Bojok defrauded SCIF of approximately $129,000. He was charged with three counts of insurance fraud, four counts of tax evasion and four counts of tax fraud.

“The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office continues to do outstanding work in battling workers’ compensation fraud,” said Darlyn Regan, who manages State Fund’s Fraud Investigation Program . “By working in cooperation with the DA’s Office, several million dollars have been recovered.”

Source: SCIF

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