Business Owner Didn’t Provide Workers’ Comp.

A Putnam man has been charged with failing to provideworkers compensation coverage for his employees. Russell Avery, 67, was chargedwith four counts of failure to carry workers compensation insurance. Failure toprovide workers comp is a felony that state authorities said is punishable byup to five years in prison for each count.

The arrest warrant affidavit states that Avery failed toprovide insurance between January 2004 and September 2008. As a result thestate was forced to pay lost wages and medical benefits to injured employees.

Civil penalties were leveled against Avery and his businessby the Workers Compensation Commission. The case will be prosecuted by theWorkers Compensation Fraud Control Bureau of the Chief State’s Attorney’soffice.

If you or someone you know has been injured on the job,contact the Raleigh workers compensation lawyers of Scudder Seguin PLLCby calling 919-851-3311.