Each week we'll be surveying what the media, state agencies, insurance companies, and others report in terms of workers' comp fraud. Just like a police blotter, our workers' comp fraud blotter lists recent arrests, charges, convictions and investigations.
Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter - September 13, 2012
Can Everyone See Clearly Now? Window Cleaning Company Owner Pays Over $300,000 In Restitution For Fraud Conviction (CA) - Emmett Timothy Kennedy III, the president of WWC Window Cleaning, has paid restitution of $321,350 after pleading no contest to three felony counts of workers' compensation fraud and failure to pay payroll taxes. The case arose when one of Kennedy's workers reported that the company was paying its workers in cash and refused to provide the workers paychecks with normal deductions for disability, Social Security and payroll taxes. Read more
Daughter Collected Dead Dad's Workers' Compensation Benefits For Over 20 Years (HI) - Lynsie Williams has been indicted by a federal grand jury after forging her dead father's signature on workers' compensation checks for 22 years. Her father, Edwin Callison, hurt his back in 1976 while working for the Kauai Humane Society and collected benefits until his death in 1990. Williams then continued to receive his checks and forge his signature, illegally collecting over $400,000 until her theft was discovered during a random audit. Read more
Fire Department Captain Charged With Fraud For Volunteer Firefighting and Academy Training While On Medical Leave (CT) - Michael J. Farrell, a captain with the Waterbury Fire Department, has been charged with felony first-degree larceny and workers' compensation fraud for working while receiving benefits. Farrell filed a workers' compensation claim in March after he hurt his back and leg during a training exercise, and he claimed that he was unable to even engage in light duty work. Yet during this time, he was able to fight fires as a paid volunteer firefighter with the Avon Volunteer Fire Department and to conduct firefighter training classes for the Connecticut Fire Academy. Read more
Construction Company Owner Pleads Guilty to Misclassifying Employees and Failing To Pay Prevailing Wages (MA) - Marie Raftes, the owner of construction company Lancaster Enterprises, Inc., has pled guilty to seven charges, including willful misclassification of employees as independent contractors, failing to pay the prevailing wage on public contracts, and failing to submit her payroll records. Among the violations that investigators discovered was that Raftes misclassified 18 roofers as laborers and independent contractors in violation of the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law. Read more
Disabled Employee Mowed Grass and Landscaped Yards While Receiving Benefits (OH) - Anthony Perry has been sentenced to three years of community control and ordered to pay restitution of $41,644.28 after pleading guilty to one felony count of workers' compensation fraud. Perry was found by investigators to be working as a self employed landscaper, using his own landscaping equipment to do yard work and mow grass for residential and commercial customers while he was also receiving temporary total and living maintenance disability benefits. Read more
Delivering the Mail Goes To the Dogs and Now to Prison (NY) - Former postal letter carrier Tracey Raponi has been sentenced to 18 months in prison as a result of her guilty plea to federal workers' compensation fraud charges. Raponi had previously admitted that she falsely represented that she was not employed, self-employed, or involved in a business enterprise during a period that she was collecting workers compensation benefits, while she was actually working for Tuff-N-Uff Kennels, a dog breeding, boarding, and training business owned by her husband. Read more
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