DuQuoin Woman Sentenced for Workers’ Compensation Insurance Scheme

Springfield, IL–(ENEWSPF)– A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on June 30, 2010, TARA S. PRINCE, age 36, of DuQuoin, Illinois, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, to 21 months in federal prison, ordered to pay $702,850.06 in restitution, and ordered to serve three years of supervised release upon her release from prison. PRINCE had previously entered a guilty plea to one count of mail fraud for her role in an insurance fraud conspiracy.

PRINCE was the president and co-operator of LT Consulting, Inc., a now-defunct employee leasing company operating in DuQuoin, Illinois. Employee Leasing Companies are businesses that contractually assume responsibility for the human resource-related functions for small businesses, including: interviewing and hiring assistance, payroll management, administration of employee benefit programs, and administration of federal and state workplace regulations.

PRINCE pled guilty for misappropriating client funds that were collected to pay workers’ compensation insurance premiums and for fraudulently reducing the workers’ compensation insurance premiums charged by LT Consulting, Inc.’s insurers. Evidence introduced at the sentencing hearing established that PRINCE participated in misappropriating client funds that were collected for the payment of insurance premiums and that she converted those funds for her own personal use. Evidence also established that PRINCE participated in supplying forged documents and making false statements to three insurance companies for the purpose of fraudulently reducing the workers’ compensation insurance premiums owed by LT Consulting, Inc.

The investigation also led to the convictions of two co-conspirators, who were previously sentenced.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the National Insurance Crime Bureau. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Steven D. Weinhoeft and Michael J. Quinley.