Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – January 9, 2014
Home Health Care Agency Owners Charged With No Workers’ Compensation Insurance and Failing To Pay Employees (NY) – Maria Etim and Charles Mayers, the owners of Concept Home Care Inc., which does business as Golden Apple Home Care, have been charged with numerous counts of fraud, including workers’ compensation fraud, for cheating their employees. Etim and Mayers failed to provide workers’ compensation insurance for their employees for more than a year. In addition, they failed to pay many of their home health care aides for all of the hours they worked. In one instance, an aide was not paid for three months of work. Read more
Injured Worker Hooked For Double-Dipping (NY) – Donald Hook has been arrested for perjury, grand larceny, and fraudulent practices. Hook had testified at a hearing that he was unable to work. He is alleged to have testified falsely because he was working on the side while collecting his workers’ compensation benefits. Read more
Insurer Had a Cow When It Discovered That Bed and Breakfast Owner Failed To Disclose Farming Operation (PA) – A federal court has awarded Zenith Insurance Company more than $1 million in damages and nearly $583,000 in attorneys' fees and costs against Albert Granger and Glasbern, Inc. for negligent misrepresentation and violation of the Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Act. The defendants failed to disclose in their application for workers’ compensation insurance for a bed and breakfast inn that their employees also worked on farmland that was contiguous to the inn. It was discovered that the farming operation was run by employees of the defendants, although they were not included in the workers’ compensation policy, when an employee was seriously injured when he was struck by a 1200-pound cow on the farm. Read more
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