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Kent Bo Fridolfsson, 67, of Benicia, pleaded guilty to six charges of insurance fraud and grand theft after a joint investigation with the California Department of Insurance, Solano County District Attorney’s Office and the Employment Development Department (EDD) revealed he underreported payroll by nearly $1 million to illegally save on workers’ compensation insurance and taxes.

Fridolfsson was placed on formal probation, ordered to pay over $725,000 in restitution, and ordered to surrender his contractor’s license.

The joint investigation began after one of Fridolfsson’s employees sustained a work-related injury and contacted State Compensation Insurance Fund (State Fund), who provided insurance coverage to Fridolfsson’s business. Fridolfsson was the former president and owner of the construction company Diversified Specialists and had been a licensed contractor in California since 1986.

Fridolfsson had insurance coverage with State Fund from 2010 to 2021 and was required to report payroll during each policy period. From 2010 to 2019 Fridolfsson reported zero payroll to State Fund; however, in January 2019 one of his employees contacted State Fund after sustaining a work-related injury. After being contacted by State Fund, the Contractors State License Board conducted a site inspection of Fridolfsson’s business and interviewed a number of his employees.

The joint investigation found that Fridolfsson underreported his payroll by $989,823. The failure to report employee payroll resulted in the illegal reduction of workers’ compensation insurance premiums, leading to approximately $382,104 in premium owed to State Fund.

The underreported payroll also resulted in an unpaid payroll tax to Employment Development Department of approximately $347,520.

Fridolfsson was convicted on April 5, 2024. This case was prosecuted by the Solano County District Attorney’s Office.