Thursday, August 16, 2018

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...

Garbage In, Garbage Out

Fraud, like garbage, is a load of rubbish. Fraud cases litter the nation’s judicial system and cause a massive waste of time and resources for all involved. (And, let’s not forget the negative impact to victims.) A Cleveland, Ohio man used his job as...

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.”

There’s A Lot to Lose

The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) reports that in 2017, nearly 43 percent of criminal convictions were claimants who were working while collecting workers compensation benefits they were not entitled to receive. This Fraud of the Day article highlights a man who was doing just that. He was working while receiving benefits which is one of the most common ways to commit workers’ compensation fraud.

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....

Accidents Happen

The Ohio business owner of a cleaning business pleaded guilty to three first-degree misdemeanor counts of workers’ compensation fraud.

Pub Crawl

A pub crawl is an event where participants visit multiple bars in a single night, either on foot or by public transportation. These social outings are sometimes organized so that those who imbibe pay an affordable price no matter the type of beverage consumed....

Departure from the Usual

A Toledo woman who cashed her late boyfriend’s work comp benefits for more than a year after his death must reimburse the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation more than $18,000 or serve 10 months in prison.

Tragic Consequences of Fraud

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Woman sentenced in Medicaid fraud case related to a minor’s death” posted on fox45now.com. A former nurse who had been convicted of involuntary manslaughter in connection with 14-year-old Makayla Norman's death received a federal sentence for healthcare fraud Wednesday. Mollie Parsons, 47 of Middletown, had been sentenced to service 10 years in prison for her role in Norman's death. She had been employed as a home healthcare nurse for the girl with severe physical impairments.

Staggering Statistics

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reports that more than 115 Americans die each day from overdosing on opioids. (This includes the misuse and addiction to opioids such as prescription pain relievers, heroin and synthetic opioids.)...
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