The owners of Mack & Mack Demolition and Hauling LLC were arrested in St. John the Baptist Parish earlier this month and charged with providing fraudulent documents indicating the company had workers' compensation insurance when it did not.
Hardell Mack and his wife, Leslie Francois Mack, were arrested by the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office. They were booked on counts related to the willful misrepresentation that they carried required workers’ compensation insurance.
If convicted, the LaPlace couple could face up to 10 years in prison plus fines of up to $250 for each day they were found in violation of the requirement to provide their employees with workers' compensation coverage, or both.
“The Louisiana Workforce Commission is committed to protecting the integrity of the workers' compensation system by investigating and prosecuting not only the injured worker who receives benefits fraudulently, but also the employer who willfully fails to provide the security necessary to ensure that benefits are paid when due,” said LWC Executive Director Curt Eysink.
The agency’s efforts to crack down on workers’ compensation fraud this year have already resulted in three criminal referrals, of which two were workers and one employer, and four arrests of employers.
In 2011, LWC made 24 criminal referrals, of which 20 were workers and four were employers. The agency assessed $318,500 in compliance penalties and 16 people were arrested, two employers and 14 workers.
For more information or to report suspected acts of workers’ compensation fraud, contact the Office of Workers’ Compensation’s Fraud Division at 1-800-201-3362 or visit www.laworks.net.
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