• Slain clerk's family denied $150K due to lapse in worker's comp insurance payment


    PALM COAST, Fla. - 9 Investigates found the six children of a murdered Flagler County convenience store clerk are being denied $150,000 in death benefits.

    Channel 9 obtained a criminal affidavit alleging the Zuheily Rosado's boss failed to pay worker's compensation insurance.

    Mohammed Ansari owned the Mobil Mart in Palm Coast where Rosado was shot to death several weeks ago. No suspects have been named in the shooting and no weapon was recovered.

    Ansari told Channel 9's Christopher Heath that he paid the insurance, but the check was lost in the mail.

    However, 9 Investigates uncovered it wasn't the first time worker's comp insurance coverage has lapsed at the gas station, and the state has charged Ansari with a felony.

    "We're confident that that we're going to have closure on this case," said Lt. Chris Sepe of the Flagler County Sheriff's Office. "It may just take some time."

    While deputies follow leads, the second investigation was opened by the Florida Department of Financial Services.

    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 the death benefits for the children.

    Now, they get nothing.

    Ansari declined to be interviewed on camera for the story, but he said on the phone that he sent in a check a week before the shooting, but the check was lost in the mail.

    He also said his coverage is now current, but it's up to the insurance company as to whether the family will get the $150,000.

    The state would not comment on the case other than to say Ansari has already been fined $1,000 for not having coverage.

    The investigation is ongoing.

    The insurance company told investigators that in October 2012, coverage lapsed as well, but after a payment was made, coverage was reinstated a week later.

    Working without coverage is listed as a felony, but the state would not say if Ansari is facing jail time.

    There is a $5,000 reward for information that helps investigators track the killer down. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of North East Florida at 888-277-TIPS.

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