Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter 1/22/2010 - Recent Arrests, Charges, Convictions & Investigations

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 – January 22, 2010

LeRay Man Pleads Guilty to Workers’ Comp Fraud (NY) – Robert N. Decker pleaded guilty for filing a false claim for workers’ comp benefits. Read more

Lawyer Claims Inability to Pay Former Paralegal’s Comp Claim (RI) – Attorney Keven A. McKenna must return to the state Workers’ Compensation Court next Tuesday to present evidence as to why he is unable to pay the $11,000 workers’ compensation claim of a former paralegal in his office. Read more

Hanford Sting Nabs 16 Unlicensed Contractors (CA) – The Contractors State License Board says an undercover sting operation in Hanford last week netted 16 unlicensed contractors, two of which had employees not covered by workers’ compensation insurance. Read more

Medical Suppliers Accused of Defrauding Health-Care Benefit Programs (TX) – A federal grand jury indicted Terry L. Young and Kimberle K. Young, operators of New Impulse, Superior Rehab Technology and Advanced Rehab Technologies, on charges of defrauding various health-care benefit programs of at least $1.8 million. The three medical equipment suppliers had been under investigation by the FBI and IRS since 2007 over their billings related to workers’ comp claims. Read more

Jefferson County Woman Indicted for Workers’ Comp Fraud (WV) – Sophia Tucker was indicted on one count of wrongfully seeking workers’ compensation benefits. Read more

HVAC Installer Accused of Cheating Workers of Wages, Pursuing Workers’ Comp Claim (CA) – Antonio Salas, CEO, Ramiro Ramos, chief financial officer, Carlos Ramos, corporate secretary, and foreman Raul Gonzalez of San Andreas HVAC were charged with seven violations of taking and receiving wages of a worker, 13 counts of perjury on allegations of falsely reporting wages, a violation of workers’ comp insurance premium fraud, and a violation of making a false or fraudulent statement to discourage a worker from claiming or pursuing workers’ comp benefits. Read more

Hunter Accused of Shooting Private Investigator After Mistaking Him for a Turkey Pleads Guilty (NY) – William Wehnke, who was accused of shooting private investigator Matthew Brady and who claimed he mistakenly thought Brady was a turkey, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful manner of taking for allegedly using the wrong type of ammunition for turkey hunting. Brady was investigating Wehnke with respect to a workers’ compensation matter. Read more