August 10, 2022

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Well Known Local Auto Repair Owner Guilty in L&I Scam

In accordance to the Department of Labor and Industries, the owner-operator of a now-closed automobile restore and customization shop has been sentenced to 30 times of house digital checking for his position in a worker’s comp insurance plan rip-off.

  Rod’s Autos is now outlined as closed

The very long-time store on Clearwater was well-identified in the Tri-Towns. L&I and courtroom data suggest the operator, Rodney Eugene Dietrich, 47, experienced operated Rod’s Vehicles in some form since 2004 at 3929 West Clearwater. 

business enterprise now shut, new firm occupying old location (google road check out)

enterprise now closed, new organization occupying previous place (google road view)

Nonetheless,  L&I released a assertion Monday, July 25th, indicating Dietrich has not too long ago pleaded guilty to a felony charge for failing to present worker’s comp insurance coverage to his workforce for a second time.

The most new incident occurred among 2017-2019 when an investigation confirmed he was employing two gentlemen at the store. Just one told investigators he was paid less than the desk, the other experienced traded his labor for vehicle sections and other products.

   History of worker’s comp troubles

L&I mentioned Dietrich experienced prior challenges with worker’s comp insurance coverage. In 2016 he plead responsible to a misdemeanor for the same concerns. According to  L&I:

“Dietrich operated the vehicle shop at the similar area from at minimum 2004. Even so, he modified its identify, organization framework, and enterprise license variety a few periods just after each and every just one fell driving on workers’ comp payments.

Just after recurring notices and warnings, L&I revoked his workers’ comp insurance policy on all three business entities, which intended he could no for a longer period use workforce. Regardless of the revocations, an L&I investigation in 2014 located he was employing at minimum two staff at the shop.”

   This led to the 2016 difficulty. Then in 2017 L&I officials once again noticed evidence of multiple personnel at the shop, foremost to the latest investigation.

  Labor and Industries said aside from the costs, Dietrich “owes L&I more than $40,000 in late rates, fascination and penalties, according to office documents. He also owes more than $2,200 in wages and penalties for failing to shell out an staff in 2013.”

  Dietrich plead responsible in Benton-Franklin Superior Court a short while ago to the most recent cost.  Several web enterprise lookups now list the firm as permanently closed, and another firm has opened up shop at that location.

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