Friday, February 23, 2018
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Workers Comp and Disabilities Fraud

Down to the Last Penny

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “NY Man Pleads Guilty to Nearly $10,000 in Workers’ Comp Fraud,” posted on WorkCompWire.com. Arnold Fassbinder, 55, of Royal Avenue, Buffalo, was charged with and pleaded guilty in Erie County Court to one count of Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree, a felony.

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.

Homewrecker

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) Tony Rackauckas announced a shutdown of a $40 million fraudulent medical billing and kickback operation with the filing of charges against more than two dozen doctors, pharmacists and business owners.

Rappelling vs. Repelling

A U.S. Postal Service worker was charged with stealing more than $75,000 in federal workers' compensation benefits after he posted vacation photos on Facebook showing him zip-lining and rock rappelling despite being out of work for a wrist injury, authorities said.

Left at the Altar

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Former banquet hall owners gets probation,” published by the Tribune Chronicle. The owner of a former banquet facility received two year’s probation on a misdemeanor conviction of attempted Workers’ Compensation fraud.

Compromised Values

A Pikeville psychologist convicted of taking part in the largest Social Security disability fraud in U.S. history should serve 25 years in prison. Alfred Bradley Adkins also was ordered to pay $93 million in restitution to the Social Security Administration and other agencies and to forfeit $187,600 in tainted fees.

Trouble on the Tarmac

Richard A. Mariani, 76, pleaded guilty to one count of fraud in obtaining federal employee compensation and was sentenced by U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge M. Page Kelly to six months of probation and ordered to pay $38,052 in restitution to the Department of Labor.

Endangering Justice

A former California Highway Patrol officer who injured his back while on duty has pleaded no contest to felony workers’ compensation insurance fraud. Brian Christopher Hansen was sentenced to 180 days in Sacramento County Jail and five years formal probation.

Blinded by Fraud

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “‘Blind’ man who drives, directs traffic, guilty of theft from workers’ comp agency’,” published by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. A Toledo-area man who claimed he was too visually impaired to work must pay the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation nearly $15,000 in restitution after investigators found him driving, parking cars and directing traffic at a parking facility he owns in downtown Toledo.

Outlaw Biker

A former state employee recently pleaded guilty to attempting to fraudulently obtaining workers’ compensation from his employer for a knee injury that he did not actually receive on the job.
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