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"Businesses that illegally underreport payroll and employees create a competitive advantage that places honest businesses at risk," Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara said in a statement. "This joint investigation with Amador County levels the playing field, so honest employers have a chance to stay competitive and in the marketplace." (Credit: designer491/Shutterstock) “Businesses that illegally underreport payroll and employees create a competitive advantage that places honest businesses at risk,” Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara said in a statement. “This joint investigation with Amador County levels the playing field, so honest employers have a chance to stay competitive and in the marketplace.” (Credit: designer491/Shutterstock)

Michael Zendejas was sentenced to 180 hours of community service, three years formal probation and ordered to pay $944,718 in restitution after pleading no contest to insurance fraud for underreporting payroll by approximately $4.9 million that resulted in a $944,718 loss to his insurer, according to the California Department of Insurance.

Denny Jacob

Denny Jacob is an associate editor for NU PropertyCasualty360. Contact him at djacob@alm.com.

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