Two farm labor contractors were sentenced to seven years' probation due to the lack of reporting of their payroll that would impact worker's insurance premiums, the Monterey County District Attorney's Office said Friday.
Elias Perez Jr., 43, and Alejandra Perez, 40, from King City, were corporate officers of Future Ag Management Inc. and Future Harvester & Packers Inc., consisting of over 1,500 farmworkers nonstop, says prosecutors.
Judge Rafael Vasquez sentenced the Perez siblings up to three years in prison for insurance fraud, crimes that were committed form 2013-2017, but there is a suspension initiated on their sentences with approved probation at the end of the complete legal process.
This legal case started back in the summer of 2016, when an injured worker had filed a complaint that her boss declined helping her to go to a doctor and instead, had her attend a health care employee that was not licensed.
Investigators for the California Department of Insurance found that the company had underreported their payroll for 2013 and 2017 by $17,397,790, cutting their workers' compensation costs, according to SF Gate.
The Perezes will serve 210 days in county jail and pay restitution of $633,785, prosecutors said.