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Officials with Posh Bagel and Posh Bakery arrested on suspicion of insurance fraud

 

Note: A spokesman for the Posh Bagel outlet on Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park said the store is independent and not associated with the company whose officers were arrested on suspicion of workers' compensation insurance fraud.

By Bay City News Service

The owner and founder of Posh Bagel and Posh Bakery has been arrested on suspicion of failing to report employee injuries and accurate hours worked, according to the California Department of Insurance.

Posh Bagel founder Jeffrey Michael Ottoveggio, 48, and his wife Cheryl Ann Lee, 39, were arrested Thursday at their home in Redwood City on suspicion of workers' compensation insurance fraud.

The company's accountant/controller, 54-year-old Bruce William Campbell, was arrested at his home in Palo Alto.

Mr. Ottoveggio founded Posh Bagel and Posh Bakery, located in San Francisco, Santa Clara, Los Altos and San Jose.

Between January and September 2006, the company had an insurance policy with a subsidiary of Applied Underwriters. Payrolls were reported to Applied Underwriters on a bi-weekly basis so the insurance company could determine premiums for workers' compensation insurance, according to the insurance department.

In June, Applied Underwriters received an internal spreadsheet that contained two payroll records -- one for Applied Underwriters and one for a second company. The sheet showed fewer hours were being submitted to Applied Underwriters.

The California Department of Insurance then launched an investigation and found Posh had underreported more than $1.6 million worth of earnings to Applied Underwriters.

The department also found Posh did not report two employees who cut themselves while cutting dough and needed sutures, injections and prescription medication.

The suspects were booked into Santa Clara County jail, and bail was set at $500,000 each.

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