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California Business Owner Fakes Wages

Charged with 57 Underground Economy Violations, $700,000 Loss

Frances Ann Doherty, 51, of Millbrae, Calif., owner of Doherty Painting & Construction, has been arraigned in San Francisco Superior Court for 57 felony counts related to payroll theft and workers' compensation insurance premium fraud.

“The crimes we have charged against this employer are extremely serious,” says San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón. “This conduct not only victimizes workers who are desperately trying to make a living in a very tough economy, it also hurts the honest businesses that were unable to successfully compete for these projects which the defendant was able to underbid and win as a result of this scheme.”

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