Contractor and Wife Use Workers’ Compensation Funds for Luxury ItemsA roofing contractor in Orange County, California who committed Workers’ Compensation Insurance fraud was sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to repay $500,000 to the state insurance fund. The contractor’s wife is also charged in the case and faces a pre-trial mental health screening today. Michael Vincent Petronella, also known as Michael Constantine, and his wife Devon Lynn Kile were arrested in April 2009 following an investigation which began after one of Petronella’s employees sustained an injury on the job in March 2006. At the time Petronella and Kile owned several businesses, one of which was Western Cleanoff, Inc. The injured employee filed a claim with the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) using a payroll stub from Western Cleanoff. When SCIF saw that this was a company which they did not insure, they suspected fraud and turned the information over to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) and Department of Insurance (DOI). According to a press release from District Attorney Tony Rackauckas’ office, hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, cash, and property was seized from the couple and held as collateral at the time of their arrest.