Fontana amusement park owner admits to workers’ comp fraud and tax evasion

News headline from the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office:

An amusement park owner charged with workers’ comp fraud and tax evasion entered into a plea agreement with the District Attorney’s Office.

In October 2011, following a suspected fraudulent claim referral form from the insurance company, investigators from the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, Workers’ Comp Fraud Unit, served a search warrant on various properties owned and/or controlled by husband and wife Thomas and Sharie Davis of Fontana.  Thomas, 58, and Sharie, 54, are the owners of Davis Enterprises, a carnival and amusement park business.

During the investigation, it was found that Davis had illegally operated at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego County and other carnivals in Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange and San Bernardino counties.

It was determined that Thomas and Sharie Davis under-reported the amount of their company payroll in order to pay smaller premiums to the State Compensation Insurance Fund, said Deputy District Attorney Michael Chiriatti, Jr., who is assigned to the case.

In addition to the insurance fraud, the Davis’ also failed to pay payroll tax between April 2010 and March 2011.

According to the plea agreement, Davis agreed to pay $195,937 to the State Compensation Insurance Fund and $18,206 to Employment Development Department.  In exchange for her pleas, the charges against her husband were dropped.

“As of result of their fraud, Davis Enterprises illegally pocketed over $200,000 in taxes and insurance premiums,” said Chiriatti.  “This is felony conduct, and I am happy that the defendant has been held responsible for her fraudulent behavior.”

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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