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 27, 2013
Injured Employee’s Lawsuit Against Employer Leads to Choice of Jail or Restitution (NJ) – Daniel Leskanic, a principal in Atlantic Grinding Services, LLC, has agreed to a plea bargain where he will make restitution of $111,813 in order to avoid 18 months in prison for failing to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Authorities became aware that Leskanic did not have insurance after an employee sued him for medical expenses and time off work after the employee was struck on the face and head while moving a piece of equipment at the company. Even after the employee won his civil judgment, Leskanic still failed to pay for the work injury expenses. Read more
Port Authority Coordinator Denied That She Altered Workers’ Compensation Documents (Guam) – A Port Authority of Guam employee has appealed her termination and has denied that she participated in the altering of worker’s compensation documents. Leonora Leon Guerrero, a planner-work coordinator at the Port, has said that she did not alter the workers’ compensation claim of Bernadette Sterne Meno so that Meno could collect benefits. Read more
Stolen Social Security Number Led to Job and Now May Lead To Jail (FL) – Arnoldo Flores has been arrested and booked on charges of using false identification for a workers' compensation claim. Flores, who is 20, used a Social Security Number that was issued to a New Mexico man in 1983 to obtain a job with Stolk Construction. When he fell off a 12-foot ladder and fractured his arm and wrist at work, he used the stolen Social Security number to file his workers’ compensation claim. Read more
Workers Compensation Fraud Criminal Defendant Wins Minor Modification of Restitution Order on Appeal (CA) – The Court of Appeal of California, Third Appellate District, has modified the probation order that was imposed against Stephen Harder after he was convicted by a jury of five counts of workers’ compensation fraud. The appellate court ordered that the trial court was to impose a $1,500 penalty assessment and a $35 processing fee as separate orders and not as conditions of Harder’s probation. Read more
Investigators Use Craigslist Ads and Bulletin Board Business Cards For Sting Operation (FL) – The Pinellas County Office of Consumer Protection used Craigslist ads, business cards posted to bulletin boards at local businesses, and phone number “tear-off” solicitations to catch unlicensed contractors in a sting operation. Investigators sought bids for general home renovations, including kitchen remodeling, flooring, drywall repairs and electrical work. Nine individuals were arrested and charged with 15 misdemeanor counts of unlicensed contracting and nine felony counts of failure to secure workers compensation insurance. Read more
Double-Dipper Worked for Four Employers While on Disability (OH) – Joshua Schlosser has pled guilty to workers’ compensation fraud and has been ordered to make restitution of $28,919.56. Schlosser received wages from four employers while collecting disability payments for a prior workplace injury. He performed security work for two companies, worked as a meter reader for another and also served as a caretaker/maintenance technician for a fourth company. Read more
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