Sunday, February 18, 2018
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Workers Comp and Disabilities Fraud

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.”

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....

Grab on to the Life Raft

Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has a mission of protecting the state’s workers and employers through the prevention, care and management of workplace injuries and illnesses. Through the efficient management of the program, employees can get back to work and insurance rates can...

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....

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.

Fraud Pyramid

Just as pyramids are wide at the bottom leading to a point at the top, many fraudulent schemes start with a broad base of criminal supporters and lead up to a mastermind. Such is the case for today’s “Fraud of the Day,” where 30...

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.

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.

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.

Fraud Bites

One of the first rules that any kid learns in school is “don’t bite.” Maybe another important directive would be “don’t bite the teacher.” A full-time special education aide assistant in Los Angeles alleged that one of her students bit her finger, leaving her...
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