Central coast father and son sentenced in $400,000 workers’ comp scheme
News: 2017 Press Release
SALINAS, Calif. — Jaime Rosario Del Real, 61, and son Israel Del Real, 37,both pleaded guilty to four felony counts for their role in a $400,000 insurance fraud scheme denying workers' compensation insurance and medical care for injured workers.
The father and son duo were sentenced to 250 days in jail, 10 years felony probation, and ordered to pay $382,951 in restitution. This case was prosecuted by the Monterey County District Attorney's Office.
"Business owners are responsible for the safety and care of their employees," said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. "Employers who fail to carry workers' compensation insurance or pay for the medical care for injured workers violate the law and put their employees at risk. Our detectives and the Monterey County District Attorney's team succeeded in taking another dishonest employer out of the underground marketplace."
Doing business as Del Real Produce and Packing and Del Real Packing, LLC, the Del Reals worked as farm labor contractors providing laborers for picking and packing lettuce for growers in Monterey County and Yuma Arizona. After receiving information from an insurer, Department of Insurance detectives found the Del Reals had concealed injuries their workers sustained and refused to pay for medical treatment or provide other benefits the injured workers were entitled to.
The investigation also revealed that over a five year period, the Del Reals lied more than 20 times in order to obtain reduced insurance premiums. As part of their premium theft the Del Reals kept two sets of Employment Development Division (EDD) forms, with different employees and a different number of employees listed, which allowed the Del Reals to evade paying payroll taxes.
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- Jaime Rosario Del Real arrest photo
- Israel Del Real arrest photo
- Department of Insurance detectives arrested the Del Reals April 26, 2016 without incident.
The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $371 billion in premiums annually in California. Since 2011 the California Department of Insurance received more than 1,000,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $469 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance website at www.insurance.ca.gov. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800-927-4357. Teletypewriter (TTY), please dial 800-482-4833.