San Jose flooring company owner charged with wage theft

SAN JOSE – A flooring company owner in San Jose has been charged with failing to pay employees close to $ 1 million in overtime, the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office said.

33-year-old Martin Helda faces 20 crimes resulting from premium fraud, fraud in the employment development department and wage theft, prosecutors said in a press release on Tuesday.

Helda’s indictment is not yet planned.

Prosecutors said the investigation began after an insurance audit found Helda’s payroll did not match the number of people he’d worked for him at All Bay Area Floors.

Helda has withheld at least $ 900,000 in overtime wages owed to EDD employees, but possibly as much as $ 1.7 million owed to all employees, including those unknown to EDD, prosecutors said.

“Greedy business owners insist that employees who have been betrayed do not come forward,” Assistant District Attorney Vonda Tracey said in a statement. “These workers did the work. Payment is owed to you. “

A message Helda left at his company wasn’t immediately returned Tuesday evening.

Prosecutors said they could not identify many of the workers who might be eligible for compensation based on “sparse employee data”. Anyone who has worked for the company can contact Investigator Lt. at 408-808-3742 or [email protected] Contact Michael Whittington.

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