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Some fraudsters go to a lot of trouble to collect government benefits, but the lies they have to tell to pull off the scam eventually catch up to them. An article posted on WorkersCompensation.com tells about a man who tried to go incognito in order to collect worker’s compensation benefits he obviously did not deserve.

The man at the subject of today’s ”Fraud of the Day” apparently had a very long arrest record and was wanted by police for a number of crimes under his real name. (Many of the charges against him were due to traffic offenses or related to drug and alcohol use.)In order to hide from the law and avoid the consequences of his illegal behavior, he used a fake identity.

This defendant used an alias and a bogus Social Security number to lie to his physician in order to qualify for worker’s compensation benefits. His scam was successful for nearly three years.

Great work to the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation’s (BWC) Special Investigation Unit (SIU) who used a state fugitive task force to track this fraudster down and arrest him upon a tip they received. The 51-year-old man pleaded guilty to worker’s compensation fraud and will serve six months of community control and one year in jail if he violates his probation terms.

Worker’s compensation fraud increases costs for employers and prevents workers who truly need the benefits from receiving financial assistance in a timely manner. Fortunately, this man’s lies and his true identity have been exposed, and he will have to pay for the crimes he actually committed.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, ”Fugitive With Double Identity Convicted of Workers’ Comp Fraud,” posted on WorkersCompensation.com on August 30, 2016.

Columbus, OH. (WorkersCompensation.com) – A Toledo man with a long arrest record was convicted of workers’ compensation fraud last week after investigators discovered he had lied to his physician and used a fake identity to collect injured workers’ benefits.

David Abitua, 51, pleaded guilty Aug. 18 in Franklin County Common Pleas Court to one count of workers’ compensation fraud, a fifth-degree felony. He was arrested July 19, more than a year after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

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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.