Worcester Man Indicted for $110k Workers Comp Scheme

by | Sep 18, 2019 | Headlines, Crime, News

BOSTON – A Worcester man was indicted on Tuesday in connection with a scheme to evade more than $110,000 in workers’ compensation premiums, according to Attorney General Maura Healey’s office. 

Sovane Kien, 56, was indicted by a Worcester County Grand Jury for six counts of Workers’ Compensation Fraud, five counts of Larceny over $250 and one count of Larceny over $1,200.

Kien will be arraigned in Worcester Superior Court on October 22.

According to the AG’s office, from Aug. 2012 to Aug. 2018, Kien who owns and operates People’s Temp Service, Inc., — a temporary employment agency — of Worcester, underreported his number of employees and the amount he paid the employees to the company’s workers’ compensation insurance provider.

In total, Kien and People’s Temp evaded approximately $111,856 in insurance premiums. 

These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

 The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Kristy Lavigne with assistance from Investigator Michael Azevedo of AG Healey’s Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Unit, and from investigators at the Insurance Fraud Bureau.

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