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Richmond company owner to pay over $2 million in fraud plea

MARTINEZ — The owner of a Point Richmond construction company must pay more than $2 million in restitution and fees, and serve a year of home detention, as part of a plea deal to settle a criminal case involving charges of insurance and payroll tax fraud.

Maurosan Milhomem, the owner of Viking Pavers Inc., agreed to the plea deal Monday. He was formally sentenced to 364 days in jail, though he is eligible to serve the term on house arrest, prosecutors said.

Milhomem was charged with six felonies alleging he evaded more than $2 million in insurance premiums and taxes over seven years. A news release from the Contra Costa District Attorney’s office says Milhomem used a “complex” scheme to avoid making the payments, including using a shell company to employ unlicensed workers.

The crimes were discovered after two employees were involved in a car accident, and Viking Pavers never

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How online shoppers have lost millions to fraud during the pandemic: ‘You have enormous vulnerability’

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Make online shopping a safe experience for the whole family. (Photo: Getty Images)
Make online shopping a safe experience for the whole family. (Photo: Getty Images)

It’s another Saturday afternoon during the global pandemic, and you’re back on Amazon, filling your cart with household items and groceries. You haven’t been able to make your typical Target and Walmart runs lately, so you’re stocking up virtually instead.

Online shopping: everyone does it so it’s pretty harmless, right? Well, not always. Fraud is a possibility any time you shop online, according to Experian. And during a worldwide pandemic or even the holiday season, you’re especially vulnerable to hackers, phishers, and identity thieves. Covid-related fraud has already robbed a cumulative $13.4 million from unsuspecting Americans, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

That’s

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