30 de diciembre de 2015


 SAN DIEGO – The owners of an elite hotel housekeeping company with ties to Orange County are charged with running a $7 million insurance and tax scam. San Diego County prosecutors on Monday announced the indictment of a couple who owned Irvine-based Good Neighbor Services. Prosecutors say Hyok and Woo Kwon concealed the existence of 800 employees over nearly a decade to avoid paying millions in payroll taxes and workers’ compensation insurance. Clients include Hotel del Coronado, La Costa Resort and Spa, Four Seasons, Los Angeles Airport Hilton and the Ritz Carlton properties in Orange County. Prosecutors said there has been no indication throughout the lengthy investigation that the hotel owners and operators were aware of any fraud. The investigation – which began 2 1/2 to three years ago – allegedly uncovered a methodical and systematic shell game involving six straw owners. Those straw owners were used to conceal the existence of hundreds of hotel workers to avoid paying millions of dollars in insurance premiums and payroll taxes, the government alleges. “These defendants lied on the backs of their employees, who were cleaning rooms in some of the most prestigious hotels in California,” said San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis. “If employees got hurt on the job, they were threatened with being fired.” Six co-defendants – Melquiades Brizuela Jr., Manuel Rodriguez, Veronica Lucas Cuin, Aimee Sunmyung Kwon, Daniel Kwon and Hyun Bung Chae – have been charged with workers’ compensation premium fraud and tax evasion for their alleged involvement. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/charged-697003-southern-california.html

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