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Jury Convicts Owner of Georgia Staffing Company for Selling Fraudulent OSHA Training Certifications

A federal jury in Atlanta has convicted Erick Powell, a former operator and co-owner of the National Vocation Group job-staffing company, of wire fraud. A second defendant and co-owner, Ahmad McCormick, previously pleaded guilty to wire fraud.

Powell and McCormick used online job boards to advertise jobs in the housekeeping and maintenance industries that paid above-average wages. NVG falsely told applicants that they must pay a $349 fee for federally required OSHA training before starting work in the advertised jobs. OSHA does not require such training. Hundreds of applicants paid the fee and took the course, but none of the applicants received the jobs they were promised.

When several victims complained to law enforcement, NVG relocated its offices and continued its fraudulent activities. Both defendants face up to 20 years in prison. For more information, read the Department of Justice news release.

For more information on local training requirements, visit OSHA’s Training webpage

Protecting Temporary Agency Employees

Temporary agency employees work for a “host employer” but are on the payroll of a “primary employer.” A primary employer can be either:

        1. A temporary (temp) agency that hires workers and sends them to work for a host employer, or 

        2. A professional employer organization (PEO) that puts a host employer’s employees on the PEO’s payroll as its own employees.

In these dual-employer situations, both the primary employer and the host employer must protect employees from safety and health hazards and comply with Cal/OSHA regulations.

The primary employer issues the employee’s paycheck, administers workers’ compensation insurance, and may maintain hiring and firing authority. The host employer (also called the “secondary employer”) contracts for the worker’s services and supervise the employee at the host employer’s worksite.

For more information see the attached Cal/OSHA Safety and Health factsheet.

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Montgomery Investigations is a Veteran Owned Small Business specializing in environmental health and safety training and consultative services.  In addition, as a California licensed private investigation firm, we are able to provide workplace (industrial) accident investigation, pre-employment background checks, e-verify and workers' compensation abuse and fraud investigative services. 

Montgomery Investigations was formed to provide a unique set of training and consultation services.  Over the past several decades, the proliferation of environmental and safety regulations has created a daunting task for businesses to keep abreast of them, let alone keep in compliance with them.  We provide the expertise to assist your company with its compliance efforts, so you can focus on your business' primary functions.

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