- Office of Attorney General Maura Healey
Media Contact for Worcester Man Indicted for Evading More than $110,000 in Workers’ Compensation Premiums
Boston — A Worcester man who operated a temporary employment agency was indicted in connection with a scheme to evade more than $110,000 in workers’ compensation premiums, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.
Sovane Kien, age 56, of Worcester, was indicted by a Worcester County Grand Jury on Tuesday for Workers’ Compensation Fraud (6 counts), Larceny over $250 (5 counts) and Larceny over $1,200 (1 count). He will be arraigned in Worcester Superior Court on October 22.
The AG’s Office alleges that from August 2012 through August 2018, Kien, who owns and operates People’s Temp Service, Inc., of Worcester, substantially underreported its number of employees and the amount that it paid these employees in response to audits conducted by the company’s workers’ compensation insurance provider. As a result, People’s Temp evaded approximately $111,856 in insurance premiums.
These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
AG Healey’s Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Unit works to protect consumers and the integrity of the insurance system by investigating and prosecuting those who commit fraud against all types of insurers, including the state’s unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation systems.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Kristy Lavigne with assistance from Investigator Michael Azevedo of AG Healey’s Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Unit, and from investigators at the Insurance Fraud Bureau.