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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:  October 6, 2014

 

Big Bear Lake contractor arrested for failing to maintain workers’ compensation insurance for his employees 


Booking Photo: Brandon Scott Beede, 38, of Big Bear Lake

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – A Big Bear Lake man has been arrested with one misdemeanor count of Doing Business as an Uninsured Employer following an investigation conducted by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, Workers’ Compensation Insurance Fraud Unit.

On Aug. 12, 2014, enforcement representatives with the State of California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) submitted a criminal case to the District Attorney’s Office alleging 38-year-old Brandon Scott Beede—who owns and operates Big Bear Lake-based Beede Construction—had failed to maintain workers’ compensation insurance for his employees.

After further investigation, criminal charges (click here to download a copy of the complaint) were filed against Beede and a warrant in the amount of $10,000 was issued by a San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge.

According to Senior Investigator Jose Guzman, who is assigned to the case, on Sept. 16, Beede was arrested at a construction job site located in the City of Big Bear Lake. Arraignment is scheduled Nov. 19 at the San Bernardino Justice Center. The case is being prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Scott Byrd.

“Unfortunately, this is the type of behavior that not only puts workers at risk should they be injured on the job, but it also chips away at the livelihood of those business owners who follow the law,” said Byrd. “By cutting corners, dishonest business owners are able to often underbid the honest contractors.”


Please Post the Following Announcement:

The San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office, Workers’ Compensation Fraud Prosecution Unit, responds to various reports of Insurance Fraud as a result of suspected fraud claims provided by an insurance company.

If you suspect that someone you know is or has been involved in Workers’ Compensation Insurance Fraud, report your suspicions to the San Bernardino County District Attorney's, Workers’ Compensation Fraud Prosecution Unit, by calling the WCF We-Tip line at 909-891-3344 or via email at DAWorkersComp@sbcda.org. You can also visit us on the web at www.sbcountyda.org.
 
 
 
Additional Links

For more information about the District Attorney’s Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit visit http://ow.ly/vqVJ1

Contacts

Rodney Tamparong
District Attorney Investigator
(909) 388-6726

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