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...

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...

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’...

Federal: Ninth Circuit Says Truck Drivers Were Employees, Not Independent Contractors

Reversing a decision of a federal district court (Southern District of California), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the totality of the undisputed facts indicated that various truck drivers were employees of defendant and not independent contracts, since the company had the right to control...

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...

Payroll Company Liable for Temp Worker’s Injuries: Cal. Comp. Cases July Advanced Postings (7/10/2014)

Here’s the third batch of advanced postings for July 2014 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2014 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Monarch Consulting, Inc., dba PES Payroll...

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...

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...

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...

New York: Insurance Carrier Cannot Compel Arbitration of Insureds’ Disputes When Arbitration Agreements Not Approved by Calif. Dept. of Insurance

A divided New York appellate court held that three insureds (employers) could not be compelled to arbitrate their disputes with their workers’ compensation insurance carrier where that carrier had failed to file the arbitration agreements, contained in side agreements to the insurance policies...

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...