Children of slain mom may not get benefits
Updated On: Mar 27 2013 04:34:35 PM EDT
The six children of Zuheily Rosado, the Flagler County store clerk shot and killed on the job last month, have not been able to collect death benefits because of a worker's compensation issue with the store's owner.
Newly released court documents show Mohammed "Rizzi" Ansari did not keep up with worker's compensation insurance payments.
Central Florida TV station WFTV spoke with Ansari, who said he sent in a check to pay for the coverage, but it was lost in the mail. According to the affidavit, operating without worker's comp coverage is a felony.
It's not the first time Ansari's coverage for worker's comp lapsed, according to WFTV. It happened in October and was reinstated a week later when a payment was mailed in.
It's been one month since a gunman burst into the Mobil Mart in Palm Coast and shot 32-year-old Rosado to death. No arrests have been made and the murder weapon has not been found.
"She meant a lot," Ansari said. "Honest worker. Hard to find. Very hard to find."
According to an affidavit filed in the Seventh Judicial Circuit, Ansari's worker's comp insurance lapsed on Jan. 7, a month and a half before the shooting.
If the insurance had been current, the victim's family would have received $7,500 for funeral expenses and up to $150,000 in death benefits for the children, according to the affidavit.
When asked if Rosado's family will see any of the money, Ansari told WFTV that's up to the insurance company.
The state would not comment on the case other than to say Ansari has already been fined $1,000 for not having coverage and the investigation is ongoing. A state officer filed the paperwork requesting Ansari be charged with felony workman's comp fraud. So far, he hasn't been arrested.
Ansari was unavailable for comment Wednesday.
When questioned by police, Ansari told them he was aware his policy had been canceled in January, but he sent a check in to pay it off days before the shooting. Ansari told investigators he believes the payment was lost in the mail.
Attorney John Phillips, who isn't involved in the case right now, says the family lost out and now will have a chance to sue in court.
"But they can sue for that money, essentially, now," he said. "Without workman's comp and the system, it opens the door to the court system, and the jury will give them probably well more than the $150,000 to $200,000. This is a heavy six-figure to seven-figure case on the value of the loss for this family."
Rosado left behind six children, ages 16 months to 16 years old.
Shortly after her death, her oldest daughter spoke about their financial struggles moving forward.
"You took our life away," Teysha Silva said. "You took the person who provided for us. You took her away."
Life has been difficult over the last month for Rosado's six children, Silva said Wednesday in a phone interview.
"We're together. we're trying," Silva said. "Yeah, we miss my mom and everything, but we are trying to go forward and know that she's in heaven now."
Silva says the owner of the Mobil gas station where her mother was killed should help out.
"She died at his gas station," she said.
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