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July 19, 2001

The owner of a now-defunct Florida trucking company that became famous for its large, yellow "Truckin' for Jesus" signs has been charged with worker's compensation insurance fraud.

The arrest of Robert Stansell, 63, of Maggie Valley, N.C., stems from a claim made by a former employee who was injured on the job, according to Jeff Winland, an investigator with the Florida Department of Insurance.

The employee, James F. Allen, was hurt in a traffic accident in May 1998 while driving a Stansell truck in Greensboro, N.C. When he sought treatment by a chiropractor and by a doctor who specializes in physical therapy, he was refused - no one could find a record of the company having worker's compensation at the time of the accident, officials said.

Upon further investigation, Winland found that a Stansell employee admitted in a letter that the company carried no workers' compensation insurance and was not self-insured in May 1998.

"You trust that the person you go to work for has workers' compensation," Winland said. "But this can happen."

In addition to the signs, Stansell's company was known for its refusal to haul cigarettes and tobacco.

Source: News of the Weird

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