Insurance Fraud NEWS
Contractor lies he has no employees, avoids comp in California
August 18, 2019, Monterey County, CA
Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine M. Pacioni announced today that Raymond John Coopersmith, Jr., a 55-year-old Carmel resident, was sentenced by the Judge Thomas Wills on August 14, 2019 to 2 years' probation and ordered to pay a $3,000 fine for failing to carry workers' compensation insurance. Coopersmith faces up to 1-year in county jail and additional fines if he violates his probation.
On February 22, 2019, the Contractor State Licensing Board (“CSLB”) investigated Coopersmith's business, “Carmel Coatings”, for the use of uninsured labor at a residence in Carmel, California. At the time, Coopersmith's contractor license was suspended and he had filed a Workers' Compensation Exemption with the CSLB – stating that he had no employees and did not need workers' compensation insurance. During the investigation, CSLB interviewed a worker at the project and determined that Coopersmith was the employer. The case was referred to the Monterey County District Attorney's Workers Compensation Fraud Unit. Coopersmith was charged with failing to secure workers' compensation insurance, a misdemeanor violation of Labor Code section 3700.5.
The case was investigated by the Contractor State Licensing Board.