State police arrested Matthew Darling, 36, of Camden, after an investigation by Tom Hurley of the Insurance Department's Frauds Bureau.
Darling is accused of submitting a fraudulent insurance claim to Kemper Insurance Company for expenses he said he incurred while his home was being repaired after smoke damage caused by a faulty furnace. The investigation revealed that a receipt for cash payments Darling submitted was phony, as was the bed and breakfast where he claimed to have stayed. He was never paid for the purported expenses.
Darling is charged with insurance fraud and falsifying business records. He could be sentenced to up to four years in prison if he is convicted. He was released pending a hearing.
- A Winchester, Massachusetts construction and demolition company was arraigned and pled guilty in Charlestown District Court last week, in connection with failing to among other things pay the proper premium for its workers’ compensation insurance policy.
- P & R Partners Construction Inc. (P & R) pled guilty to charges of Workers’ Compensation Fraud. In addition, the company’s owners and officers, Elienai Coelho, age 30, of Stoneham, and Rodrigo Silva, age 29, of Medford, admitted to sufficient facts for Failing to Pay Overtime and Failing to Provide True and Accurate Payroll Records. After the plea was entered, District Court Judge Mark Summerville ordered Coelho, Silva and P & R to pay over $54,000 in restitution to 51 former employees, $50,000 in restitution to the insurance company, and a $30,000 fine to the Commonwealth. Judge Summerville also placed Coelho and Silva on probation for a period of one year.
Investigators from the Attorney General’s Fair Labor Division and the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts (IFB) reviewed the company’s payroll records and determined that P & R failed to pay the proper premium for its workers’ comp insurance policy.
The Workers’ Compensation Law requires Massachusetts employers to pay workers’ comp insurance for their employees.