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Workers’ Comp Payroll Scheme Lands Contractor with Fraud Charges

ORLANDO, Fla. – CFO Jimmy Patronis and the Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced today the recent arrest of Alexi Izaguirre Ordonez, vice president of Orlando’s AA Contracting, Inc. Ordonez allegedly used various local money service businesses (MSB) to cash payroll checks in an alleged effort to conceal their true payroll from their workers compensation provider.  By doing this, Ordonez illegally lowered the price of their premiums.  Alexi Ordonez’s business partner and owner of AA Contracting, Dina Eunice Mejia-Ordonez, also has a warrant for her arrest and is suspected to have fled the country.
An investigation by the Bureau of Insurance Fraud revealed that Alexi Ordonez declared an annual payroll of $466,555 to his workers’ compensation insurance provider which, along with a description of the type of services he provided, resulted in a workers’ compensation insurance premium of $60,046.
Investigators later found that in a year’s time between May 2016 and May 2017, hundreds of checks issued by contractors to cover labor costs were cashed by Ordonez and his business partner totaling $14,203,672.  Had Ordonez’s payroll accurately been reported, his workers’ compensation insurance premium would have been $1,7851,171. In total, Ordonez illegally avoided paying $1,725,125 in premiums.
This case was presented to ASA Joe Licandro in Duval County November 16, 2017, and arrest warrants were issued for both Dina Eunice Mejia-Ordonez and Alexi Izaguirre Ordonez. 
Alexi Ordonez was arrested and booked into Orange County Jail without incident November 29, 2017 for his failure to accurately report remuneration to his insurer allowing him to circumvent Florida’s workers’ compensation laws for profit. Ordonez has been charged with one count of knowingly concealing payroll and scheme to defraud.
This case will be prosecuted by the Duval County State Attorney’s Office and if convicted, Ordonez could face up to 60 years in prison.
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