CONTRA COSTA COUNTY – On September 10, 2020, Selina Singh, 57, and Kabir Singh, 30, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and related felonies. The pleas were entered in Contra Costa County Superior Court. Both defendants return to court on November 19, 2020 for sentencing and face a maximum prison sentence of 11 years, 6 months.
Although the criminal charges were filed by the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office, the Monterey County District Attorney’s Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit (MCDA) began and assisted with the investigation. In April 2016, the defendant owned two military subcontractor companies – Bara Infoware, Inc. and Federal Solutions Group, Inc. The companies did business out of San Ramon. Each of those companies had construction contracts involving facilities at Fort Hunter Liggett in Monterey County. In April 2016, one of the defendants’ employees working at Forth Hunter Liggett suffered a severe crushing injury, ultimately losing his thumb. The employee was rushed to Natividad Medical Center.
While at the hospital, the defendants contacted the employee and instructed him to tell accident investigators that the injury did not happen at work. When the MCDA investigators became involved, they interviewed Kabir Singh who admitted that the defendants did not have workers’ compensation insurance. In the ensuing investigation, the MCDA investigators learned that the defendants, over a 7-year period, had routinely lied to their insurance carriers and the State of California about the true amount of their payroll. Those misrepresentations enabled the defendants to save over $2 million in insurance premiums – a fraud on the insurer.
MCDA investigators conducted the investigation jointly with investigators from the Contra Costa County District Attorney, the California Department of Insurance, and the California Employment Development Department.
“State investigators can assist local law enforcement with investigations of these types to help prosecute individuals participating in fraudulent activity to the fullest extent of the law,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “Workers must be protected as they perform their duties.”