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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...

Spineless

“Spineless” is a term that could be used to describe today’s fraudster, who was the owner of a Long Beach, California hospital. He used seven accomplices to do his dirty work in a massive $600 million workers’ compensation fraud scheme involving fraudulent bills submitted...

Where Everyone Knows Your Name

The place where everybody knows your name once referred to the iconic Bostonian bar in the hit television show, Cheers. In today’s fraud article, that place happens to be Facebook, the bane of existence for a Lakewood, Ohio bartender who publicized the fact she...

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...

Evading Everything

Fraudsters tend to think they should receive a special exemption when it comes to paying taxes. Today’s “Fraud of the Day” reveals a Southern California businessman who evaded millions of dollars in personal and business-related taxes owed. His tax evasion tactics led to a...

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.

What a Dumbbell

 One would think that someone with a back injury receiving workers’ compensation benefits would be smart enough not to go to the gym and lift heavy weights. A former Sheriff’s deputy from San Diego, California, who claimed he was unable to work due to...

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....
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