A Toledo-area concrete contractor whose BWC policy lapsed in 2008 must serve one year probation and 15 days of house arrest with electronic monitoring for running his business without BWC coverage, a judge ruled Aug. 23 in Oregon Municipal Court in Lucas County.
Martin Halka, 45, pleaded no contest to one count of failure to comply with the law, a second-degree misdemeanor, but a judge found him guilty and ordered him to pay a $250 fine and $87 in court costs. Halka was initially charged with 10 counts of failure to comply, but prosecutors reduced the charges because he had paid $8,000 toward his BWC balance prior to his court appearance. His BWC coverage won’t be reinstated, however, until his payments are up to date.
BWC’s Special Investigations Department started looking at Halka in 2014 after its Employer Fraud Team observed Halka, owner of Bay Area Concrete, and his workers finishing a concrete job. Halka provided some payroll records to investigators, but failed to take all the necessary steps to become compliant with the law.
To report suspected workers’ compensation fraud, call 1-800-644-6292 or visit bwc.ohio.gov.