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Store owner in Flagler shooting death accused of workers' comp fraud

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FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. - Flagler County deputies arrested Mohammed Ansari, the owner of a convenience store, Friday on charges of worker's compensation fraud.

In February, Zuheily Rosado was shot and killed at the Palm Coast gas station that Ansari owns.

Her killer has not been found.

Authorities said had Ansari's workers' compensation coverage been current, Rosado's family would have been entitled to money for funeral expenses and up to $150,000 in benefits for her six children.

Ansari told WFTV in March he tried to pay, and said that, because of the number of employees, he didn't have to carry coverage.

The state continued its investigation and Thursday decided to bring him in on one felony count.

Three months after Rosado was killed, business continues on at the gas station, and the signs soliciting help for her family that were up in February and March are gone.

Customer Zach Mahaney still comes to the Mobile station and said he used to see Rosado every day.

"I saw her more than anybody in my personal life," Mahaney said.

He didn't know that the state said Ansari's workers' compensation wasn't current and could have provided for her children and covered her funeral.

"That's terrible, I don't know what to make of that. Unacceptable," Mahaney said.

Customer Kristen Johnson said she couldn't fathom six kids going without help after losing their mother.

Channel 9 attempted to speak to Ansari at the gated community where he lives, but he was unavailable and a phone number for him was disconnected.

At the gas station, workers said they didn't know how to get in touch with him.

As of Friday, Ansari had bonded out of jail.

Investigators said they were still tracking leads but do not have a suspect in the shooting of Rosado.

WFTV.com will have continuing updates and instant breaking details on Eyewitness News at 5.

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