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HB construction worker nabbed for alleged fraud

By Mark Young, Islander Reporter

Damian-Jimenez

A Holmes Beach construction worker was arrested Sept. 19 on felony worker compensation fraud.

Detectives from the Florida departments of financial services and insurance fraud booked Bradenton resident Miguel Damian-Jimenez, 31, into the Manatee County jail on $1,500 bond. Damian-Jimenez posted bond the following day.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Damian-Jimenez filed a worker compensation claim Jan. 10 using a Social Security card that did not belong to him.

When the number came up as belonging to someone else, the case was forwarded to the two investigating agencies.

Detectives investigated his employment paperwork Sept. 18, at Beach to Bay Construction, 5702 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. According to the report, Damian-Jimenez used someone else’s Social Security card and a fake Alien Registration Card to gain employment as a laborer at the construction company.

According to the report, Damian-Jimenez is a Mexican national and, when shown the documents he used to gain employment by the detectives, he allegedly admitted that he purchased the two cards for $80 each.

He is scheduled for arraignment at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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