Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (7/24/2014) – Lesson: Don’t Post Facts On Social Media That Contradict Your Workers’ Compensation Claim

 

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – July 24, 2014

Lesson: Don’t Post Facts On Social Media That Contradict Your Workers’ Compensation Claim (OH) – Kayla Fortman has pled guilty to falsification for filing a false workers’ compensation claim. In her claim, she stated that she fell in the parking lot at work. But on a social media site, she posted that she had fallen while getting out of her car at a gas station across the street from her work.   Read more

Workers’ Compensation Claimant Arrested For Receiving $27,000 In Benefits While Working (NY) – Trent Mitchell has been charged with insurance fraud in the third degree, a felony, as well as a misdemeanor count of falsifying business records and two felony charges under the Workers Compensation Law. Mitchell collected in excess of $27,000 in workers compensation insurance benefits without notifying the New York Worker’s Compensation Board that he was employed full time.   Read more

Former Mayor Receives Probation For Violating Stop Work Order (FL) – Former Springfield Mayor Robert Walker, who was defeated last year, has been placed on probation for 18 months after pleading no contest to workers’ compensation fraud for violating a stop work order. A compliance officer issued the stop work order because an employee of Walker’s construction company, La Rew Enterprises Inc., was working on a house under construction while not covered by workers’ compensation insurance. Walker said his lawyer told him that the employee could keep working, though, because he was working to protect an unfinished roof from an approaching storm.   Read more

Businesswoman Charged With Defrauding State In $101,000 Disability Scam (WA) – Mistie Crosby has been charged with allegedly raking in $101,000 in disability benefits while working with her husband to operate his motel, their nightclub, and their apartment building. Crosby had been awarded workers’ compensation benefits after she claimed that she had hurt her back, neck and shoulder while working at the now closed Sunset Junction nightclub. Based upon a tip that she was working at her husband’s nightclub, investigators found Crosby working at the Lascelle Motel and an apartment complex while she was receiving benefits. At one point, she even showed apartments to an undercover investigator and easily climbed stairs as the investigator watched.   Read more

Man Who Claimed To Be Blind Sees Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability Fraud Charges (NY) – John Caltabiano and Colleen McCarten have been indicted on charges of engaging in a fraudulent scheme to obtain Social Security Disability and New York State Workers’ Compensation benefits. The indictment alleges that Caltabiano and McCarten submitted documents to the Social Security Administration falsely stating that Caltabiano could not go out alone or drive, and that McCarten led Caltabiano into a Workers’ Compensation Board hearing as if he was blind, when in fact Caltabiano regularly moved without assistance and drove a car.   Read more

Computer Match Showed Home Health Care Aide Double-Dipped (OH) – Naif Said has pled guilty to workers’ compensation fraud for working while receiving benefits. A cross match with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services revealed Said had received wages during the same period he received temporary total benefits, where he was found to have been working as a home health care aide for Covenant Home Health Care.   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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