Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – January 30, 2014
Fake Disability Claim Netted Postal Worker $6,000 Monthly Income For a Decade (CA) – Robert Castillo is headed to prison for 366 days for workers’ compensation and disability benefits fraud. Castillo claimed that he injured his lower back while working for the U.S. Postal Service. He subsequently was awarded federal workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability, and Veterans Benefits of $6,000 a month, which he received for more than 10 years. But Castillo was observed playing basketball and softball, driving, shopping, washing a boat, performing yard work, and performing volunteer work, all of which contradicted his claim of 100 percent disability. Read more
Business Owners Indicted For Workers’ Compensation Fraud (CA) – Russ Kubart of A1 Patio and Remodeling Experts was charged with instructing an employee who injured himself after falling from a deck at a jobsite to tell medical staff that he injured himself at home because Kubart did not have workers’ compensation insurance. Marcos Castaneda of Quality Way Building Maintenance was indicted on four counts of felony insurance fraud for his role in intentionally lying about his payroll in order to receive reduced workers compensation premiums. Rufino Aguiluz and his wife, Maria Foulk, of Rufino’s Landscaping, were indicted on several counts of insurance fraud, payroll tax evasion and income tax evasion for their roles in failing to report payroll to various workers’ compensation insurance carriers and tax collectors. Read more
Double-Dipper Pleads Guilty To Theft (OH) – Daniel Squibbs has pled guilty to one count of theft, a first-degree misdemeanor and paid restitution of $2,882. Squibbs was found to be working at a restaurant while receiving temporary total disability benefits. Read more
Chiropractor Ordered To Pay $70,000 Or Go To Jail For Workers’ Compensation Billing Fraud (OH) – Chiropractor Tariq Arif has been ordered to either pay $69,356.16 in restitution and costs or serve 180 days in jail after pleading guilty to workers’ compensation fraud. Arif created bogus treatment records to support fraudulent workers’ compensation bills that he submitted for payment. An undercover operation in which agents posed as injured workers and sought treatment at the Back and Pain Rehab Center, a chiropractic and rehabilitation clinic owned and operated by Arif, revealed that he was billing for treatment that he did not provide to injured workers. Read more
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.
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