Five Charged with Workers’ Compensation Fraud at Escondido Landscaping Company

California Department of Insurance Enforcement Branch Photo Credit Patrick Storm/CDI

Five owners and supervisors of an Escondido landscaping company that allegedly failed to report its payroll as part of an insurance fraud scheme pleaded not guilty to various felony charges Tuesday.

According to the California Department of InsuranceGreen View Landscape & Tree Service Inc. employees’ wages were not reported to their insurance company in an attempt to save money on workers’ compensation insurance premiums.

The defendants are the owners Antonio Martínez Resendiz, 36, from Murrieta; Ismael Martinez Resendiz, 34, of Fallbrook; and Jorge Martinez Resendiz, 32, of Temecula, along with supervisors Ariana Martinez, 34, of Murrieta; and Silvia Reyna Martinez, 34, of Temecula. Jail records do not indicate any of the defendants are in custody.

An Insurance Department press release did not include specific charges against each defendant, but did indicate that providing false payroll reports to insurance companies is a common tactic used by employers trying to avoid paying required insurance premiums.

The City News Service contributed to this article.

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