Wednesday, November 25, 2020

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...

Left at the Altar

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Former banquet hall owners gets probation,” published by the Tribune Chronicle. The owner of a former banquet facility received two year’s probation on a misdemeanor conviction of attempted Workers’ Compensation fraud.

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...

Hello…You’ve Just Been Busted for Fraud

Voicemail greetings serve several useful purposes. They let callers know that you are unavailable to talk. They also provide a way for important messages to get through. Today’s fraudster from northeast Ohio used his personal voicemail greeting for yet another purpose – to inadvertently...

Just Trying to Survive

In 2015, the average Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipient collected about $127 per month in benefits. (That adds up to about $4.23 per day or $1.41 per meal.) An Ohio woman, who had four grandchildren to take care of, bilked the program run by...

Self-insured

Running a small business is not for the faint of heart. In addition to offering a product or service that is in high demand, a business owner needs trustworthy employees to help carry out the company’s mission. Because employees are assets, a company owner...

Worst Case Scenario

Worst case scenarios are good for learning how to prevent the possibility of something very bad from happening. Unfortunately, the owner of an Akron, Ohio, construction company learned the lesson too late. The man failed to maintain workers’ compensation insurance coverage for his business. Now one...

Double Dipping Dilemma

Just as double dipping is considered bad manners when at a party or in a restaurant, it’s also a bad idea to collect workers’ compensation benefits while working another job. A Boardman Township, Ohio woman got caught in a double dipping dilemma that ended in a...

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....
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