Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Press: Former Idaho Lawmaker Sued For Unpaid Workers Comp Insurance

Posted By on Tue, May 7, 2013 at 9:36 AM

One week after having battery charges dismissed in the wake of his February 5 arrest, three-term former Idaho Republican Senator Mike Jorgenson is facing another issue: The State of Idaho is suing him for failing to pay for workers' compensation insurance coverage.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press said the lawsuit accuses the former state senator from Hayden Lake of not paying for the mandator coverage since December 2012, racking up a penalty of $5,200.

Just last week, Jorgenson announced that bad publicity stemming from his arrest was partially to blame for closing his North Idaho restaurant, The Copa, after nearly three years of operation. The former lawmaker had been previously accused by an employee of roughing him up in a scuffle.

"The incident and the glaring spotlight placed on me in the press as a former elected leader was very difficult for my family, my friends, and for my business to contend with," Jorgenson told the Press. "It was a lesson I learned at some cost."

But this morning's Press reports that the closure could cost Jorgenson a bit more: at least one service provider claims that it hasn't been paid for pumping out the restaurant's grease trap.

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