Caught In the Act

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In today’s world, the variety of devices with recording capabilities is almost limitless. As a result, fraudsters are having a tougher time getting away with crime, as evidenced by a story on LimaOhio.com. According to the website, a Lima resident was caught on video working when he was supposed to be recovering from a workplace injury. (Not good.)

The article doesn’t mention the nature of his purported injury. Frankly, it’s irrelevant. He claimed he was injured and received workers’ compensation for his injury. What he didn’t count on was an anonymous tipster who contacted the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and indicated the fraudster was working while receiving benefits. Then undercover investigators got involved and caught him on video performing concrete installation jobs for multiple clients while he was receiving these benefits. (Concrete installation? I’m sure that isn’t hard work at all – NOT.)

The fraudster pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud and received a 180-day prison sentence. However, he received 59 days of jail time credit and the remaining 121 days were suspended for three years of community control. He also will have to pay $7,000 in restitution. Approximately $2,000 of this amount goes to investigation costs. If he doesn’t pay at least $2,250 by the end of the year, he will have to serve the remainder of his sentence in jail. (Let’s hope that he comes up with the amount owed by going about work in a professional and legal manner.)

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”Lima Man Guilty of Workers’ Comp Fraud,” written by Heather Rutz and published by LimaOhio.com on February 28, 2014.

LIMA — A Lima man has pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud after he was caught installing concrete while collecting injury benefits.

John Neeley pleaded guilty Feb. 19 in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas after Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation undercover investigators caught him on video working while he was supposed to be recovering from a workplace injury.

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Larry Benson
Larry Benson is currently the Director of Strategic Alliances for Revenue Discovery and Recovery at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. In this role, Benson is responsible for developing partnerships for the tax and revenue and child support enforcement verticals. He focuses on embedded companies that have a need for third-party analytics to enhance their current offerings.