Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Mistaken Identity

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Man’s claim of mistaken identity fools no one; ordered to pay $22K to BWC” published by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. A Knox County man caught scamming the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) and trying to lie his way out of it was ordered to reimburse the agency $22,578 Tuesday and to pay $1,000 of it within six months or spend six months in jail. “If we’re knocking on your door with a fraud allegation, lying won’t help your case,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison. “We are determined to stop fraud when we find it and to return any ill-gotten resources to their rightful purpose — taking care of injured workers and increasing workplace safety in this state.”

Just Trying to Survive

In 2015, the average Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipient collected about $127 per month in benefits. (That adds up to about $4.23 per day or $1.41 per meal.) An Ohio woman, who had four grandchildren to take care of, bilked the program run by...

Fraud in Absentia

The justice system does not look fondly upon individuals who skip their court date. But in the case of today’s fraudster, he had a reasonable excuse as to why he was in Absentia. (He was already serving time in prison for an unrelated crime...

Working the System

Because chiropractors typically emphasize ongoing treatment for neuromusculoskeletal disorders, there are concerns in the workers’ compensation field that patients may not be discharged if long-term relief is not achieved. In some state workers’ compensation systems, chiropractic treatment parameters are often limited because of this....

Gutter Ball

Bowling requires finesse. If a ball is not released at the appropriate angle and speed, it could spiral off to the side and into the gutter, leaving the bowler embarrassed and without any points. You could say that a man who tried to scam...

Should Have Known Better

Sometimes, people are oblivious that they are doing something wrong. Then, there are folks who know what they are doing is wrong, and continue to do it anyway. The latter is the case for an Ohio woman and her son who ran two home...

Better to Be Safe than Sorry

A workers' compensation policy is one of the most important policies a business must maintain. Because accidents are inevitable despite the enforcement of safety procedures, it is important for employers to maintain a workers' compensation policy so employees are protected if injured while on-the-job....

Making Stuff Up

There are a bunch of ways that people can commit workers' compensation. Workers can fake an injury, claim an injury occurred on-the-job when it occurred somewhere else, or receive wages from another job while claiming they were unable to return to work. Our fraudster...

Taking the Government for a Ride

Workers' compensation is a wonderful benefit for workers who are injured or become ill because of their job. If qualified to get the government benefits, workers receive weekly compensation and medical care paid for by the employer's insurance carrier as directed by the state's...

Here’s a Tip

Tips are great because they help us to make better choices, save time, and keep us out of trouble. An Ohio prison guard must not have read the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) guide that explains, ''once you return to work, temporary total...
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