Business Owner in Federal Prison for Worker’s Compensation Fraud
An Orlando business woman is now serving an eighteen (18) month sentence in federal prison for her workers’ compensation insurance scam which resulted in a profit of more than $17 million for her construction company.
For three years starting in May 2013, Orquidea Quezada, owner of Orquicely Construction, hired a number of undocumented workers to perform work typical work duties for her construction company. Despite their immigration status, Orquicely Construction obtained workers’ compensation insurance for the undocumented these employees. Upon obtaining insurance, these policies were leased to subcontractors to serve hundreds of their employees, some of whom being undocumented workers.
Upon renting these insurance policies to subcontractors, Orquicely Construction received payments for work performed by subcontractor employees. Part of these payments were provided in the form of cash to subcontractor employees, while Orquicely Construction collected a small percentage of these fees. Both companies neglected to pay state tax and federal tax and premiums associated with typical workers’ compensation insurance policies.
At her September court hearing, owner of Orquicely Construction, Orquidea Quezada was ordered to pay a fine of over $600,000 in funds, cash, and for the value of a vehicle in her possession at the time of arrest.
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Credit: Business Insurance
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