Kneading Dough vs. Needing Dough

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In order to make pizza dough, rolls or any type of bread in general, you must know how to knead or work the dough so that all of the ingredients get mixed in a uniform way. In order to steal dough – or money – from the government, fraudsters need to know how to work the system to receive the most benefits possible. An article published by The Californian tells about an aggressive dough kneader who used an alleged injury to bilk the government out of more than $36,000 in worker’s compensation benefits.

The article states that the man in this case was a prep cook at a local corporation where he claimed to have injured his right wrist by kneading dough. (It wasn’t long before he included his left wrist to the injury report and received medical treatment and temporary disability payments as a result.) According to the worker, the injuries to his wrists were pretty bad and he repeatedly declared that he could not return to work.

During the time that the man claimed he could not work he was apparently pretty busy cooking for a private party, consulting at a local restaurant, providing homemade pizza demonstrations and assembling office furniture. (Let’s hope he was able to show his audience the proper way to knead dough so that their wrists would not be injured.) Thanks to surveillance, the fraudster was also viewed repairing a fence, working out at a gym and cooking at a restaurant.

The chef pleaded no contest to workers’ compensation. (Good move on his part since the evidence was so compelling.) The 56-year-old is scheduled to be sentenced. He is looking at a maximum of 10 years in prison plus a fine.

This man’s selfish need for money led him to use kneading dough as a means to steal from his employers, insurance companies and other citizens who rightfully deserve to receive compensation for legitimate injuries. (His fate is uncertain at this point, but it looks like he may have the chance to give a pizza dough kneading demonstration to fellow prisoners in the near future.)

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”Cook Pleads No Contest to Workers Comp Fraud,” written by Chelcey Adami and published by The Californian on August 12, 2015.

A Marina man pleaded no contest to workers’ compensation fraud in Monterey County Superior Court on Tuesday, the Monterey County District Attorney’s office said.

Sven Hoffman, 56, was charged with one felony count of making a false statement for the purpose of obtaining workers’ compensation benefits and one felony count of knowingly failing to disclose an event that affected his right to an insurance benefit.

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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.