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Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (10/16/2014) – Janitor Strikes Out When His Bowling Scores Prove His Fraud

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – October 16, 2014 Janitor Strikes Out When His Bowling Scores Prove His Fraud (CA) – Damon Fraticelli’s bowling prowess has led to him to plead guilty to workers’ compensation fraud. Fraticelli claimed that an injury at his job as a janitor...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (10/23/2014) – Federal Judge Did Not Waffle: Pancake Restaurant Owner Going To Prison For Fraud Scheme Despite Illness

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – October 23, 2014 Federal Judge Did Not Waffle: Pancake Restaurant Owner Going To Prison For Fraud Scheme Despite Illness (OH) – Tarek Elkafrawi, who once owned seven IHOP restaurants, has been sentenced to eight years in prison for a scheme where he used...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (11/6/2014) – Skier Failed To Snow the Authorities and It’s All Downhill Now To a Year In Prison For Fraud

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – November 6, 2014 Skier Failed To Snow the Authorities and It’s All Downhill Now To a Year In Prison For Fraud (CA) – Former postal employee Mark Leung has been sentenced in federal court to a year in prison on charges of making a false statement...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (11/13/2014) – Home Healthcare Agency Owner Residing In Jail For a Month and Ordered To Pay Restitution of $124,000

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – November 13, 2014 Home Healthcare Agency Owner Residing In Jail For a Month and Ordered To Pay Restitution of $124,000 (OH) – Lawanna Porter, who operated Palladium Healthcare, a home healthcare agency, failed to report her employees and payroll to state...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (11/20/2014) – Veterans Home Baker Faked Pizza Injury To Get Workers’ Compensation For Tripping Over Her Dog

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – November 20, 2014 Veterans Home Baker Faked Pizza Injury To Get Workers’ Compensation For Tripping Over Her Dog (MT) – A jury has found Velma Irvin guilty of theft of workers’ compensation benefits. Irvin filed a workers’ compensation...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (11/27/2014) – Feds Effort To Stamp Out Workers’ Compensation Fraud Catches Postal Employee In Seven-Year Disability Scam

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – November 27, 2014 Feds Effort To Stamp Out Workers’ Compensation Fraud Catches Postal Employee In Seven-Year Disability Scam (MD) – Postal employee Colette Lee has pled guilty to making false statements to obtain federal employee compensation benefits...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (12/11/2014) – Former Bridezilla Arrested For Felony Workers’ Compensation Fraud

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – December 11, 2014 Former Bridezilla Arrested For Felony Workers’ Compensation Fraud (CA) – Anita Maxwell has been arrested on 14 counts of insurance fraud for allegedly submitting fraudulent documents and making false claims to receive more than...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (12/18/2014) – Day Care Owner Avoids Jail After Second Conviction For Failing To Pay Workers’ Compensation Premiums

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – December 18, 2014 Day Care Owner Avoids Jail After Second Conviction For Failing To Pay Workers’ Compensation Premiums (OH) – Rose Marinescu has been was placed on two years of community control and ordered to pay restitution of more than $25,000...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (12/25/2014) – Former Cops In California and Illinois Faked Disability To Get Checks Until Caught On Video

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – December 18, 2014 California Highway Patrol Officer Convicted Of Workers' Compensation Fraud (CA) – Former Officer Tony Yao, a five-year veteran of CHP, has been convicted of making false statements and filing a false claim. Yao filed a workers'...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (1/8/2015) – Congressman Pleads Guilty To Fraud After Cheating IRS and New York Workers’ Compensation System

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – January 8, 2015 Congressman Pleads Guilty To Fraud After Cheating IRS and New York Workers’ Compensation System (NY) – New York Congressman Michael Grimm has pled guilty to aiding and assisting the preparation of a false tax return. Grimm admitted...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (1/22/2015) – Toy Gun, Not Work, Caused Broken Tooth To Hurt

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – January 22, 2015 Toy Gun, Not Work, Caused Broken Tooth To Hurt (OK) – Nicholas Hurt has been charged with workers’ compensation fraud. Hurt, a tower technician at Cellular Consulting, claimed that he broke his tooth at work when he threw a chain...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (1/29/2015) – Super Bowl Week Fraud: Insurer Wants Disability Money Back From Former Star NFL Lineman Turned Personal Injury Lawyer

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – January 29, 2015 Super Bowl Week Fraud: Insurer Wants Disability Money Back From Former Star NFL Lineman Turned Personal Injury Lawyer (CA) – Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Brad Culpepper, who now is a well-known personal injury attorney...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (2/5/2015) – Prosecutor Still Seeks Jail Time For Owner of Food Service Temp Agency Who Cooked the Books and Is Now Diagnosed With Alzheimer's Disease

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – February 5, 2015 Prosecutor Still Seeks Jail Time For Owner of Food Service Temp Agency Who Cooked the Books and Is Now Diagnosed With Alzheimer's Disease (MA) – The U.S. Department of Justice has recommended a jail sentence of three years for Margaret...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (2/12/2015) – Disabled Offshore Oil Worker Must Have Thought That Lawn Care Was Not Like Working

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – February 12, 2015 Disabled Offshore Oil Worker Must Have Thought That Lawn Care Was Not Like Working (LA) – Mervin Noel has been sentenced to six months in prison and six months of home confinement for lying in order to continue receiving disability benefits...

Standing Up to Workers’ Comp Medical Fraud in California

Karen C. Yotis, Esq., a Feature Resident Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , provides insights into workplace issues and the nuts and bolts of the workers’ comp world. At the recent Division of Workers’ Compensation 22nd Annual Educational Conference...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (2/19/2015) – Subway Employee Got Drunk At Home and Tripped Over Her Dog

Subway Employee Got Drunk At Home and Tripped Over Her Dog (MT) – Melody Collier has been ordered to pay restitution of more than $16,000 in illegal workers’ compensation benefits. Collier’s claim stated that she injured her knee while working at a Subway Sandwich shop in a Walmart...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (2/26/2015) – Fraud Conviction of Pest Service Technician Affirmed On Appeal

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – February 26, 2015 Fraud Conviction of Pest Service Technician Affirmed On Appeal (CA) – Victor Santiesteban’s conviction for making a fraudulent statement in his workers’ compensation claim and attempted perjury under oath has been upheld by...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (3/5/2015) – Will Seahawks’ Super Bowl Loss Cause Even More Pain For This Workers’ Compensation Fraudster?

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – March 5, 2015 Will Seahawks’ Super Bowl Loss Cause Even More Pain For This Workers’ Compensation Fraudster? (WA) – Jeffory Mock Jr., who must be a diehard Seattle Seahawks fan, has been charged with faking on-the-job injuries and using the...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (3/12/2015) – Husband and Wife Hotel Owners Will Be Long-Term Guests At the 'Hótel Prisón' Chain After Hiring Undocumented Workers

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – March 12, 2015 Husband and Wife Hotel Owners Will Be Long-Term Guests At the 'Hótel Prisón' Chain After Hiring Undocumented Workers (KS) – Munir Ahmad Chaudary, the co-owner of two Clarion Hotels in the Kansas City area, has been...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (3/19/2015) – Surveillance Footage Showed Workers’ Compensation Claimant Trimming Trees and Repairing Cars While Collecting Benefits

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – March 19, 2015 Surveillance Footage Showed Workers’ Compensation Claimant Trimming Trees and Repairing Cars While Collecting Benefits (OH) – Adelbert Tyman has pled guilty to workers’ compensation fraud for double-dipping. After receiving an...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (3/26/2015) – Owner of Food Service Temp Agency Who Cooked the Books Gets More Years In Prison After Exaggerating Alzheimer's Disease Diagnosis

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – March 26, 2015 Owner of Food Service Temp Agency Who Cooked the Books Gets More Years In Prison After Exaggerating Alzheimer's Disease Diagnosis (MA) – Margaret Mathes, who along with her daughter, Bosea Prum, and two other co-defendant relatives,...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (4/2/2015) – Grandson Forged Grandma’s Signature After Her Death So He Could Collect Her Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – April 2, 2015 Grandson Forged Grandma’s Signature After Her Death So He Could Collect Her Workers’ Compensation Benefits (WA) – Morgan Hopkins, who collected nearly $200,000 by claiming his grandmother was still alive years after her death...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (4/16/2015) – Employees Of Workers’ Compensation Insurer Used Stolen Money To Buy High-End Mercedes Benz G-Class Luxury SUV

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – April 16, 2015 Employees Of Workers’ Compensation Insurer Used Stolen Money To Buy High-End Mercedes Benz G-Class Luxury SUV (CA) – Catherine Gregoire and Adela Belfrey have been arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, false...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (4/23/2015) – Facebook Posts and Video Crashes Workers’ Compensation Free Ride For BMX Biker

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – April 23, 2015 Facebook Posts and Video Crashes Workers’ Compensation Free Ride For BMX Biker (WA) – Tony Perry Sr. has pled guilty to stealing more than $14,000 in disability benefits and has been ordered to pay restitution and serve 15 days in...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (4/30/2015) – Security Officer At Marijuana Medical Dispensary Injured During Two Robberies With No Workers’ Compensation To Cover Medical Bills

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – April 30, 2015 Security Officer At Marijuana Medical Dispensary Injured During Two Robberies With No Workers’ Compensation To Cover Medical Bills (CA) – Tiffany Shorter and Jabe Satterfield, the owners of the Green Cactus Collective Medical Marijuana...