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 - June 13, 2013
Postal Disability Scammer With Multiple Jobs Wanted Paycheck In His Wife's Name (NJ) - Raul Lebron Jr. has been charged in federal court with workers' compensation fraud for working at multiple jobs while receiving federal disability benefits of $237,000. Lebron claimed that he had not been able to work since 2008 because of injuries that he sustained in 2005 as a mail carrier when he fell into a pothole when he was exiting a U.S. Postal Service truck. Investigators found, though, that he worked as an auxiliary policeman and first aid responder for a New Jersey borough, including directing traffic after Superstorm Sandy, behind the counter at a local deli, and as a driver of an emergency organ-transportation truck. In the latter job, he used his wife's name on the job application, telling the employer that he wanted to be paid in his wife's name. Read more
Transportation Business Owners Charged With Felonies For Failing To Carry Workers' Compensation Insurance (NY) - Mark Fezza, the owner of Superior Limousine, has been charged with one count of failing to provide workers compensation insurance for his employees. He also has charges pending against him for failing to pay sales taxes and failing to file state personal income tax returns. Randy Metcalf, the owner of American Taxi, has been charged with four counts of failing to provide workers compensation insurance for his employees. Read more
Machine Operator Must Repay More Than $10,000 Or Go To Jail (OH) - Joseph Gaydos has pled guilty to one count of workers' compensation fraud. Gaydos was working at a metal fabricating shop as a machine operator and a security guard while he was also receiving Temporary Total Disability and Living Maintenance benefits for a prior workplace injury. He received a suspended sentence of 30 days in jail on the condition that he repay $10,070.85 in restitution and costs. Read more
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