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FL Contractor Arrested in $1M Fraud Scheme


By Liz Carey

Jacksonville, FL ( – A Florida contractor arrested in a $1 million workers’ compensation fraud scheme remains in custody after failing to post bond and filing for indigent status.

Authorities with Florida’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) arrested Carlos Contreras in October, charging him with workers’ compensation fraud after a months-long investigation. Authorities said Contreras claimed to only have $273,786 in annual payroll, but investigators discovered that Contreras had cashed more than $6.6 million in payroll checks from his company DJC Builders & Construction.

“We can only speak to the payroll we identified during the course of the eight-month investigation, which as the press release highlights was nearly $6,500,000,” said Jon Moore, Press Secretary for the Office of Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis in an email interview...

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