When it comes to workers’ compensation, it’s probably better to avoid a rough-and-tumble mentality. According to an employee of Executive Lawn Care in Lakewood, Washington, the firm’s owner, Kenneth Ivan Winters, 49, behaved more like a mob boss than a landscape professional when a workers’ compensation claim was filed.
Authorities were alerted to the case when the employee filed an injury claim in October 2012. The employee said that Winters, who was on site when the injury occurred, threatened to harm him and his family if he filed a claim with the Department of Labor & Industries.
Executive Lawn Care’s workers’ compensation coverage had been revoked eight months earlier, for failing to pay premiums. The charges allege, however, that Winters continued to employ the crewmember on a full-time basis until the injury.
Winters faces one count of doing business without workers’ compensation insurance and seven counts of making false reports to the Department of Labor & Industries. Each charge is a Class C felony, with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.