Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (2/13/2014) – Bus Driver Lied About Injury Incurred In Gym

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – February 13, 2014 Bus Driver Lied About Injury Incurred In Gym (CA) – Daniel Sifuentez, a bus driver with the Metropolitan Transit District, has pled guilty to workers’ compensation fraud. Sifuentez injured his back while working out in a gm, but...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (2/20/2014) – Private Patrol Operator Paid Cash To Guards and Misclassified Them as Independent Contractors

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – February 20, 2014 Private Patrol Operator Paid Cash To Guards and Misclassified Them as Independent Contractors (CA) – Anthony Perez, the owner of ESA International, a private patrol operator that provides private security for businesses, has pled guilty...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (2/27/2014) – California Hospital Owner Pleads Guilty To Workers’ Comp Kickbacks and His State Senator Charged With Bribery

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – February 27, 2014 Former Hospital Owner Pleads Guilty To Paying Kickbacks For Workers Comp Spinal Surgery Referrals (CA) – Michael Drobot, the former owner of Pacific Hospital, has pled guilty to paying illegal kickbacks in exchange for referrals of thousands...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (3/6/2014) – Disabled Veteran/Postal Employee Collected $9,000 a Month While Flinging Horseshoes

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – March 6, 2014 Disabled Veteran/Postal Employee Collected $9,000 a Month While Flinging Horseshoes (NY) – Richard Klaffka has been charged in federal court with making false statements, mail fraud, wire fraud, and fraud for collecting federal disability...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (3/13/2014) – Car Wash Chains Reach Nearly $4 Million Settlement For Wage and Workers’ Compensation Violations

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – March 13, 2014 Car Wash Chains Reach Nearly $4 Million Settlement For Wage and Workers’ Compensation Violations (NY) – Two car wash chains, with 21 car washes in New York City, that are owned by John Lage, Michael Lage and Fernando Magalhaes, have...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (3/20/2014) – Orthopedic Surgeon Who Did 20 Surgeries a Day Will Now Set Both Feet In Prison

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – March 20, 2014 Orthopedic Surgeon Who Did 20 Surgeries a Day Will Now Set Both Feet In Prison (NY) – Dr. Spyros Panos has been sentenced to 54 months in federal prison for operating a fraud scheme that cheated Medicare, the New York State Insurance Fund...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (3/27/2014) – DA Says Tree Trimmers Are Not Gardeners: Owners of Landscaping Company For Country Clubs Bound Over For Trial

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – March 27, 2014 DA Says Tree Trimmers Are Not Gardeners: Landscaping Company For Country Clubs Bound Over For Trial (CA) – Jesse Contreras and Carlos Contreras, father and son who own Sunshine Landscaping, have been bound over for trial on charges of workers'...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (4/3/2014) – Buffet Restaurant Manager Used Safe Houses To Hide Undocumented Employees Who Were Paid In Cash

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – April 3, 2014 Buffet Restaurant Manager Used Safe Houses To Hide Undocumented Employees Who Were Paid In Cash (ME) – Mei Juan Zhang, who managed the Grand Asian Buffet restaurant, part of a group of restaurants owned by her family across three states,...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (4/10/2014) – Cage Dancer Was Dancing The Night Away While Receiving Workers’ Compensation and Food Stamps

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – April 10, 2014 Cage Dancer Was Dancing The Night Away While Receiving Workers’ Compensation and Food Stamps (NY) – Terry Hares has pled guilty to workers’ compensation and welfare fraud for illegally obtaining benefits. While receiving benefits...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (4/17/2014) – Trucking Company Owner Is Hauled All the Way To Jail For Insurance and Tax Fraud

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – April 17, 2014 Trucking Company Owner Is Hauled All the Way To Jail For Insurance and Tax Fraud (CA) – Ricardo Casillas, the owner of California-based Casillas Transportation Services and Desert Express Transportation Lines, has been sentenced to 300 days...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (4/24/2014) – Taxi Driver Legally Changed His Name To Hide His Double-Dipping

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – April 24, 2014 Taxi Driver Legally Changed His Name To Hide His Double-Dipping (WA) – Cab driver Shahin I. Shahin has been sentenced to 19 days in electronic home monitoring after pleading guilty to theft. Walid I. Shahin originally filed for workers'...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (5/1/2014) – Workers’ Compensation Pill Distributor Sentenced To Ten Years In Federal Prison After Overdose Deaths

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – May 1, 2014 Workers’ Compensation Pill Distributor Sentenced To Ten Years In Federal Prison After Overdose Deaths (NY) – Craig Oleksowicz has been sentenced in federal court to ten years imprisonment for illegally distributing oxymorphone, a Schedule...

Florida: Use of False Documents to Obtain Employment is Alone Sufficient to Constitute Violation of Workers’ Comp Fraud Statute; No Comp Claim Need be Filed

A Florida appellate court held that a trial court had improperly dismissed a charge under § 440.105(4)(b), Fla. Stat., where the State showed that the defendant had used someone else’s social security card and identity to secure employment, but had offered no evidence that the defendant had...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (5/8/2014) – Father Who Claimed He Could Not Hold His Baby Will Miss Her While In Prison For Fraud

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – May 8, 2014 Father Who Claimed He Could Not Hold His Baby Will Miss Her While In Prison For Fraud (CA) – Chip Kyle Bolton has been sentenced to over eight years in prison for fraud. Bolton told a claims adjuster that a work injury prevented him from even...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (5/15/2014) – Mayor Of Bonnie and Clyde’s Ambush Town Who Failed To Pay Bills Headed To Prison

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – May 15, 2014 Mayor Of Bonnie and Clyde’s Ambush Town Who Failed To Pay Bills Headed To Prison (LA) – Former Gibsland Mayor Odell Key has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to malfeasance in office. A state legislative audit revealed that...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (5/22/2014) – Cruise Terminal Longshoreman Pleads Guilty In Painkiller Oxycodone Scheme To Rip Off Insurers

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – May 22, 2014 Cruise Terminal Longshoreman Pleads Guilty In Painkiller Oxycodone Scheme To Rip Off Insurers (NY) – Christopher Galasso, who was arrested in the “Operation Shore Thing” investigation, has pled guilty to insurance fraud and conspiracy...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (5/29/2014) – Mom and Daughter Interpreters Who Stretched Their Mileage Now Have To Stay Home

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – May 29, 2014 Mom and Daughter Interpreters Who Stretched Their Mileage Now Have To Stay Home (WA) – Gloria Mendoza Garcia and her daughter, Gloria Del Rocio Gonzalez, who were the Washington Department of Labor & Industries' top billers for mileage...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (6/5/2014) – Fictitious Businesses and Identity Theft Used For $400,000 Workers’ Compensation Fraud Scheme

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – June 5, 2014 Fictitious Businesses and Identity Theft Used For $400,000 Workers’ Compensation Fraud Scheme (VA) – Carlos Perry, who ripped off workers’ compensation insurers for $401,649, has been sentenced to twelve years in federal prison...

California: Rescission of Compromise and Release Not Duly Executed

Noteworthy panel decision illustrates the Board's powers to set aside a settlement both before and after the settlement becomes final An Appeals Board panel has rescinded a WCJ’s 8/8/2013 Order Approving Compromise and Release purporting to settle an applicant’s claim for cumulative...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (6/12/2014) – Roof Falls In On Roofing Company Owner Who Lied and Is Now Is Headed To Jail

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – June 12, 2014 Roof Falls In On Roofing Company Owner Who Lied and Is Now Is Headed To Jail (NJ) – Charles Kelcy Pegler Sr., the president of Roof Diagnostics, Inc., has been sentenced to six months in jail for insurance fraud. Pegler stole $265,044 from...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (6/19/2014) – Disabled Musician Played In Beatles Tribute Band While Collecting Disability

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – June 19, 2014 Disabled Musician Played In Beatles Tribute Band While Collecting Disability (OH) – After making restitution of $13,277.24, Ricky Gantz was fined $120 and ordered to pay court costs for workers' compensation fraud for working while receiving...

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...