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Spanaway couple pleads guilty to not paying insurance on towing business

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on March 6, 2013 at 11:57 am |
March 6, 2013 11:57 am

A Spanaway couple that owns a towing business was ordered to pay nearly $23,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to charges that they continued to employ workers after the state ordered them not to due to insurance issues.

Sandra and Billie Rouse had their insurance for A1 Towing Services revoked by the Department of Labor & Industries in 2011 after they didn’t pay for their employees’ workers compensation insurance.

The Rouses told an agent they were operating the towing company without employees, according to court records. In fact, the couple employed at least six people.

They pleaded guilty to engaging in business after the certificate of coverage had been revoked. Billie Rouse was also sentenced to 30 days in jail, which was converted to 240 hours of community service.

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