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Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – December 5, 2013
Owner of Farm Labor Contracting Company Heading To Prison While Owing Millions of Dollars (CA) – Richard Escamilla Jr., the owner of ROC Harvesting, EC Labor, EC Labor Inc., and ES Labor, a series of farm labor contracting companies, will serve six years in prison while he figures out how to pay nearly $4.2 million in restitution as a result of his conviction for insurance fraud. Escamilla defrauded two insurance companies by underreporting his employee payroll and misrepresenting his previous claim information to his insurers in order to illegally reduce his workers' compensation premiums. Read more
Former Candidate For Mayor Arrested For Workers’ Compensation Stop Work Violation (FL) – Stephen Lovejoy, who ran for Mayor of Cape Coral in 2009 and is the outgoing president of the Cape Coral Republican Club, has been charged with violating a stop work order that was issued because he was operating his business without workers’ compensation insurance. Lovejoy contended that the workers at his business, Advanced Forms and Printing, were independent contractors and not employees who would have been covered under the insurance. Read more
Chiropractic Clinic Owner Repays Nearly $90,000 In Billing Scam (WA) – Dr. Lucas Homer, the owner of Cascade Park Sports Medicine and Rehab PLLC, has paid restitution of $88,846 and his business has pled guilty to attempted second-degree theft. Homer's clinic provided therapeutic massages, physical therapy, and chiropractic services to injured workers receiving workers' compensation benefits. An investigation found that Horner and the clinic improperly billed for services that it claimed to provide on days other than the when appointments were scheduled, and also provided massage or physical therapy by an uncertified employee, but submitted bills using the provider numbers of certified massage and physical therapists. Read more
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.
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