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December 4, 2009

Guilty plea by unregistered contractor in King county

TUMWATER - Acting on information provided by the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), the King County Prosecutor obtained a guilty plea from Randy Stewart, owner of All Construction Services. Stewart admitted to one count each of unregistered contracting and engaging in business without a certificate of workers' compensation coverage. The judge sentenced Stewart to two years jail time and a $10,000 fine, suspended, subject to payment of over $12,000 in restitution and no additional criminal violations.

A July 2008 injury claim from an unreported worker was the latest in a series of violations which brought Stewart to the attention of the Significant Employers Cases (SEC) team at L&I. SEC pursues the most egregious employer misconduct cases statewide. Stewart has a history of citations involving unregistered contracting dating back to 2003.

To verify that building trades contractors are registered and in good standing with L&I, go to www.PremiumStatus.Lni.wa.gov. If you suspect fraud, fill out an online form at www.Fraud.Lni.wa.gov or call the fraud hotline at 1-888-811-5974.

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For media information: Barbara A. Davis, 360-902-4216

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