Dr. Phillips' area restaurant owner charged in workers' comp case

An Orange County restaurant owner is facing felony charges because investigators say she didn't carry workers' compensation insurance.

The owner of Greek Flame Taverna, in the Doctor Phillips' area, was arrested as she came back into the country from a trip abroad.

Channel 9's Jeff Deal learned that this isn't the first time investigators said she didn't have coverage for employees.

According to investigators, even after the restaurant was issued a stop-work order, Maria Chrissanthidis kept the business open another month before getting workers' compensation insurance for employees.

"In this case, they did not have workers' compensation coverage on their employees," said Detective Jan Cary, an insurance fraud investigator with the state of Florida.

The state Division of Workers' Compensation's Bureau of Compliance found the business didn't have workers' compensation insurance from June 2013 up until at least its inspection in January of this year.

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