Tuesday, May 21, 2019
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Think Before You Swing and Swindle

Isn't it wild that some people would rather risk prison time than face the consequences of their decision-making? The Sacramento Bee reports that a husband and wife attempted to get the government to pay the long-term healthcare costs of a gunshot the man suffered...

Tar and Feather

Punishment by tar and feathers was once used as an unofficial way to enforce justice. Thankfully, our current justice system doesn't use that form of punishment to discipline those who break the law today. However, the owner of a California paving company got tarred...

Workers’ Compensation Fraud Doesn’t Pay

Every once in a while, employees are injured on the job. Sometimes, the injuries result from a particular incident, such as a box in a store room falling on an employee's foot. Other times, the cause may be more subtle, like an injury resulting...

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.”

Trouble on the Tarmac

Richard A. Mariani, 76, pleaded guilty to one count of fraud in obtaining federal employee compensation and was sentenced by U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge M. Page Kelly to six months of probation and ordered to pay $38,052 in restitution to the Department of Labor.

Camping Out at Home

The appeal of the Recreational Vehicle (RV) lifestyle is growing. (It's a great way to travel and vacation economically, while also taking along your family, friends and the kitchen sink.)A Tacoma-area man found his job as an RV salesman appealing as well because he...

Double Trouble

Defraud us once, shame on you; defraud us twice, shame on us. Sometimes, the fraudsters aren't the only ones to blame. Keeping track of who is eligible for what benefits and who actually receives them is an incredibly daunting challenge–and sometimes things...

License to Defraud

A medical license is a pretty important piece of paper that allows a physician to legally practice medicine. According to an article in Insurance Journal, the owner of a Houston health clinic used foreign medical students without medical licenses to treat injured patients and...

False Representation

The Social Security Administration (SSA) pays Child's Insurance Benefits to a worker's child – whether a biological, adopted or dependent stepchild – if the worker is disabled or retired and qualifies for Social Security benefits. SSA typically designates a family member or a friend...

Hunting for Motivation

Hunting is a popular sport throughout the United States. It takes know-how, skill, and often, physical strength. Whether you hunt small or large game, your ability to set traps and operate the necessary equipment can make a difference between catching your prey or becoming...
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