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charged with workers
After pitching his side businesses on
social media after he was injured on
the job, furniture assembler Ricky
Flowers was charged with fraudulent claim or receipt of workers’
The Department of Criminal
Justice alleges Flowers received over
$5,800 in workers’ compensation
benefits after reporting a work-related injury last March. Flowers
reportedly was injured while lifting
an armoire at a furniture business
where he was employed.
An investigation showed that
Flowers advertised several of his
businesses on his Facebook page,
which included cleaning and carpentry services - while collecting workers
comp benefits. Video surveillance
recorded Flowers moving and working, contradicting his claims.
Flowers was released on a
Harbor Freight awards over $500,000 to high
school trades teachers
As part of its Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence, Harbor Freight
Tools awarded over $500,000 to outstanding American skilled trades
teachers and their respective high schools.
The top three winners all received $100,000 - $70,000 of which
went to the high school and $30,000 of which went to the teacher.
The company also awarded seven second-place winners with
$30,000 each, with $20,000 going to the schools and $10,000 to the
teachers. In addition, $1,000 gift cards were given to 44 semifinalists.