Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (6/26/2014) – Horseshoer Nailed By Feds For Workers’ Compensation Fraud

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – June 26, 2014 Horseshoer Nailed By Feds For Workers’ Compensation Fraud (PA) – Herman Mokuau has been charged by information with one count of theft of government funds and one count of false statement or fraud to obtain federal employees’...

California: Lien Disallowed for Surgical Hardware Provided to Pacific Hospital of Long Beach

WCAB disallows lien for surgical hardware based on admitted fraudulent activities of Michael Drobot and adverse inferences drawn against lien claimant including failure to produce documents of its ownership interests, fictitious business name statement and licensure In Olivas v. North American Plywood...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (7/3/2014) – Owner Of Tequila Sunrise Must Pay Or Stay For Workers’ Compensation Fraud

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – July 3, 2014 Owner Of Tequila Sunrise Must Pay Or Stay For Workers’ Compensation Fraud (OH) – Maria Meszaros, the owner of the Tequila Sunrise bar, has pled guilty to workers’ compensation fraud for working as a cook at her bar while she was...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (7/10/2014) – Tow Truck Driver Caught On Video Trying To Pull a Fast One

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – July 10, 2014 Tow Truck Driver Caught On Video Trying To Pull a Fast One (OH) – Shannon Rager has pled guilty to workers' compensation fraud and has been ordered to make full restitution for the illegal benefits he received. Investigators received...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (7/17/2014) – Disabled Bowler Caught After Posting His Bowling Scores On Social Networking

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – July 17, 2014 Disabled Bowler Caught After Posting His Bowling Scores On Social Networking (CA) – Ronald Fortune claimed that he had been unable to bowl after he was injured while working as a package handler for Golden State Overnight. But while he was...

Federal: PA Federal Court Dismisses Travelers Indemnity’s Fraud and Unjust Enrichment Case Against Cephalon Regarding Addictive Pain Meds

A federal district court judge in Pennsylvania has dismissed a civil action filed by Travelers Indemnity seeking some $22 million in damages from Cephalon, Inc. over the “off-label” use of two cancer pain medications, determining that Travelers had not sufficiently alleged an injury and,...

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...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (7/31/2014) – Roofer Who Defrauded Homeowners Will Serve Time in Prison

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – July 31, 2014 Roofer Who Defrauded Homeowners Will Serve Time in Prison (NY) – Robert Decker, a roofer who stole thousands of dollars from homeowners by taking their money but failing to complete work on their homes, has been sentenced to three to nine...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (8/7/2014) – Mechanic Will Repay $54,000 Of Unlawful Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – August 7, 2014 Mechanic Will Repay $54,000 Of Unlawful Workers’ Compensation Benefits (OH) – Craig Vance has been ordered to repay $54,030 in workers’ compensation benefits that he received while he was secretly working out of his house. Investigators...

California Workers' Comp Case Roundup (8/8/2014)

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 79 No. 7 July 2014 A Report of En Banc and Significant Panel Decisions of the WCAB and Selected Court Opinions of Related Interest, With a Digest of WCAB Decisions Denied Judicial Review CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE © Copyright 2014 LexisNexis. All rights...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (8/14/2014) – YouTube Videos Of Beauty Pageant Contestant In High Heels Fractured Her Workers’ Comp Foot Injury Claim

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – August 14, 2014 YouTube Videos Of Beauty Pageant Contestant In High Heels Fractured Her Workers’ Comp Foot Injury Claim (CA) – Shawna Lynn Palmer has been charged with workers' compensation fraud after video evidence showed her participating...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (8/21/2014) – Crooked Ex-Cop Pleads Guilty To Attempted Workers’ Compensation Fraud

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – August 21, 2014 Crooked Ex-Cop Pleads Guilty To Attempted Workers’ Compensation Fraud (OH) – In order to avoid jail time, former law enforcement officer Thomas Gamble has pled guilty to attempted workers’ compensation fraud. Gamble filed a...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (8/28/2014) – Refuse Truck Driver Who Fell Into His Doctor From Dizziness Could Stand In Line For His Starbucks

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – August 28, 2014 Refuse Truck Driver Who Fell Into His Doctor From Dizziness Could Stand In Line For His Starbucks (CA) –Robert Sallie has pled guilty to felony workers’ compensation insurance fraud for lying about his injuries. Sallie reported that...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (9/4/2014) – Food Service Temporary Employment Agency Cooked the Books To Pay Workers In Cash To Avoid Taxes and Workers’ Compensation

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – September 4, 2014 Food Service Temporary Employment Agency Cooked the Books To Pay Workers In Cash To Avoid Taxes and Workers’ Compensation (MA) – Margaret Mathes, Boseba Prum, Sam Pich, and Thaworn Promket, family members who operated International...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (9/11/2014) – Disability Did Not Interfere With Punching Bags, Planting Trees, and Shopping At Costco

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – September 11, 2014 Disability Did Not Interfere With Punching Bags, Planting Trees, and Shopping At Costco (CA) – Leonel Gonzalez has pled no contest to workers’ compensation fraud for double-dipping. Gonzalez claimed that a work injury prevented...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (9/22/2014) – Winery Shuts Down After Fines Are Levied Over Volunteer Workers

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – September 22, 2014 Winery Shuts Down After Fines Are Levied Over Volunteer Workers (CA) –Bill and Jill Smyth, the owners of the Westover Winery, are closing their business after they were fined $115,000 for allowing unpaid volunteers to work at their winery...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (9/25/2014) – Restaurant Owner Ordered To Repay $125,000 and Serve Time At Home With Electronic Monitoring

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – September 25, 2014 Restaurant Owner Ordered To Repay $125,000 and Serve Time At Home With Electronic Monitoring (WA) – Wanitta Racicot, the co-owner of the Broadway Bar and Grill restaurant, has pled guilty to felony theft for working while also receiving...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (10/2/2014) – Physician Recycled Old Patient Test Results To Bill For New Fake Neurological Tests

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – October 2, 2014 Physician Recycled Old Patient Test Results To Bill For New Fake Neurological Tests (NY) – Rajpaul Singh, M.D., who operated the Liberty Advance Medical P.C. clinic, has pled guilty to defrauding insurance companies and the New York State...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (10/9/2014) – Pro Wrestler Delivered Body Blows in the Ring While Claiming His Back Hurt

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – October 9, 2014 Pro Wrestler Delivered Body Blows in the Ring While Claiming His Back Hurt (OH) – Michael Meekins has pled guilty to workers’ compensation fraud. Meekins was performing as a professional wrestler while receiving disability benefits...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (10/16/2014) – Janitor Strikes Out When His Bowling Scores Prove His Fraud

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – October 16, 2014 Janitor Strikes Out When His Bowling Scores Prove His Fraud (CA) – Damon Fraticelli’s bowling prowess has led to him to plead guilty to workers’ compensation fraud. Fraticelli claimed that an injury at his job as a janitor...

California: Anti-Paparazzi Law Inapplicable in a Workers' Compensation Proceeding

In Duong v. Automobile Club of Southern California , 2014 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS –, a WCAB panel held that a sub rosa video recorded by the defendant in the parking lot of a mobile home park (where the applicant did not live) and inside an Albertson’s grocery store was admissible and...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (10/23/2014) – Federal Judge Did Not Waffle: Pancake Restaurant Owner Going To Prison For Fraud Scheme Despite Illness

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – October 23, 2014 Federal Judge Did Not Waffle: Pancake Restaurant Owner Going To Prison For Fraud Scheme Despite Illness (OH) – Tarek Elkafrawi, who once owned seven IHOP restaurants, has been sentenced to eight years in prison for a scheme where he used...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (11/6/2014) – Skier Failed To Snow the Authorities and It’s All Downhill Now To a Year In Prison For Fraud

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – November 6, 2014 Skier Failed To Snow the Authorities and It’s All Downhill Now To a Year In Prison For Fraud (CA) – Former postal employee Mark Leung has been sentenced in federal court to a year in prison on charges of making a false statement...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (11/13/2014) – Home Healthcare Agency Owner Residing In Jail For a Month and Ordered To Pay Restitution of $124,000

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – November 13, 2014 Home Healthcare Agency Owner Residing In Jail For a Month and Ordered To Pay Restitution of $124,000 (OH) – Lawanna Porter, who operated Palladium Healthcare, a home healthcare agency, failed to report her employees and payroll to state...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (11/20/2014) – Veterans Home Baker Faked Pizza Injury To Get Workers’ Compensation For Tripping Over Her Dog

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – November 20, 2014 Veterans Home Baker Faked Pizza Injury To Get Workers’ Compensation For Tripping Over Her Dog (MT) – A jury has found Velma Irvin guilty of theft of workers’ compensation benefits. Irvin filed a workers’ compensation...