June 30, 2021
The owner of a recruitment company based in Lowell, Mass. Has been charged with workers’ compensation fraud for allegedly withholding the true size of the company’s payroll from its supplier. insurance, the Massachusetts attorney general’s office announced last week.
Sophea Choeng of Lowell was the owner of the SPL Temp Agency, according to the attorney general’s office. He was indicted by a Middlesex County grand jury on two counts of workers’ compensation fraud and two counts of theft over $ 250.
The attorney general’s office alleges that SPL Temp Agency significantly underreported its payroll in audits of insurance companies between 2013 and 2015 to reduce premiums. The office alleged that SPL reported a payroll of $ 850,221 for the 2013-2014 insurance period, while its payroll exceeded $ 5.3 million. Likewise, during the 2014-2015 policy period, SPL reported $ 551,591 in payroll, while the agency actually had a payroll of over $ 2 million, according to investigators.
Due to the underreporting of the payroll, SPL would have escaped at least $ 141,194 in workers’ compensation premiums, according to the attorney general’s office.
At present, these accusations are just allegations. Choeng will be brought to justice on July 22.