Dropped the Weight

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21041231 - a rubbish bag full of dollars

If you’ve ever been to a gym, I’m sure you’ve noticed the breakdown of gym-goers. For one, you have the weightlifters, usually with big muscles and egos to match. Second, you’ll find the busy moms, multitasking on a treadmill or stair-master while reading and texting. According to an article in Business Insurance, you may also see the occasional fraudster, claiming they are unable to work based on physical ailments, while still making time to lift weights. Wait a minute…

The article reports that an Ohio resident was found to have bilked the federal government out of more than $30,000 – all while making time to work on his physique. According to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, the individual filed for workers’ compensation based on the fact he couldn’t lift over 10lbs. (The sad thing is, there are people who actually NEED this. This man just found an easy out.? The fraudster claimed he had been looking for a job, but couldn’t find one meeting his physical demands. The court found that hard to believe once evidence started to roll in.

Someone – perhaps a fellow gym-goer (clearly not his spotter) – caught the defendant on candid camera and sent a video to investigators showing the fraudster bench-pressing 500 pounds. (So this is literally 50 times the amount of weight he claimed to be able to lift.)Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”OFF BEAT: Man Blows Workers Comp Scam by Showing off at the Gym,” published by Business Insurance on January 15, 2013.

A 90-pound weakling might have gotten away with workers compensation fraud requiring him to fake that he couldn’t lift even 10 pounds, but an Ohio man caught repeatedly bench-pressing 500 pounds couldn’t pull off the scam.

According to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, Jason Dross received workers compensation benefits for ”nonworking wage loss.” These benefits are paid to injured workers unable to find employment because of physical restrictions.

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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.