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Wed Jul 29, 2020, 03:00 AM

Owner of Richmond construction company sentenced to house arrest, ordered to pay more than $2M for

Owner of Richmond construction company sentenced to house arrest, ordered to pay more than $2 million for insurance fraud


MARTINEZ — The owner of a Point Richmond construction company must pay more than $2 million in restitution and fees, and serve a year of home detention, as part of a plea deal to settle a criminal case involving charges of insurance and payroll tax fraud.

Maurosan Milhomem, the owner of Viking Pavers Inc., agreed to the plea deal Monday. He was formally sentenced to 364 days in jail, though he is eligible to serve the term on house arrest, prosecutors said.

Milhomem was charged with six felonies alleging he evaded more than $2 million in insurance premiums and taxes over seven years. A news release from the Contra Costa District Attorney’s office says Milhomem used a “complex” scheme to avoid making the payments, including using a shell company to employ unlicensed workers.

The crimes were discovered after two employees were involved in a car accident, and Viking Pavers never reported them as employees or subcontractors. That ultimately triggered an investigation by the Fraud Division of the California Department of Insurance, Criminal Investigation Division of the Employment Development Department, and the DA’s Office.

Read more: https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/07/28/owner-of-richmond-construction-company-sentenced-to-house-arrest-ordered-to-pay-more-than-2-million-for-insurance-fraud/

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