Columbus, OH – Ricky Hamed, owner of MZM Transport Inc. (Cleveland, Cuyahoga County), was recently sentenced in Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas after pleading guilty earlier this year to one count of passing bad checks and one count of workers’ compensation fraud, both first-degree misdemeanors.
The Ohio BWC SID’s employer fraud team received an allegation from the agency’s employer compliance department after a November 2012 premium payment Hamed submitted to BWC was returned due to non-sufficient funds. Fraud agents contacted Hamed and provided him with information to bring his workers’ compensation policy back into compliance. Hamed failed to repay the dishonored check and also failed to file payroll reports and pay premiums in 2012 and 2013. BWC referred the matter to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
MZM Transport Inc. is no longer in business, but was a non-emergency medical transport business located at 11512 Superior Ave.
Hamed was sentenced to probation for six months and ordered to enter into a payment plan with BWC. If he fails to become compliant, Hamed could serve six months in jail.
Source: Ohio BWC SID