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 to making a material misrepresentation in order to obtain a lower workers’ compensation insurance premium, willfully failing to file payroll tax returns with intent to evade tax, and violating the private patrol operator law. Perez paid his employees in cash, operated without workers’ compensation insurance, and illegally classified his guards/employees as independent contractors. Under California law, such guards are required to be employees of a private patrol operator. Read more
Attorney Who Employed Injured Worker May Be Disciplined By Ohio Supreme Court (OH) - Attorney Natalie Grubb, who pled guilty last year to fraud for employing an injured worker she was representing in a workers' compensation case, may face sanctions from the Ohio Supreme Court. The Ohio Board of Commissioners on Grievances has found probable cause of misconduct by Grubb and will conduct a disciplinary hearing, which may lead to a recommendation to the Supreme Court. Grubb allowed an injured worker she was representing to work in her legal office as an assistant. The worker was injured as a truck driver and was receiving Temporary Total Disability benefits after obtaining the legal services of Grubb in the case. The two conspired to hide the work activity and earnings so the benefits would continue. Read more
Claimant Receives Suspended Jail Sentence For Time Served After Guilty Plea (OH) – Alberta Allen has been sentenced to 10 days in jail, which was suspended for time already served. Allen, who pled guilty to one count of workers’ compensation fraud, was found to have received wages from another company from September 2011 to April 2012 while collecting workers’ comp benefits. Read more
Son Continued To Collect Mom’s Death Benefits After She Passed Away (OH) – Darryl Franklin has pled guilty to theft for collecting improper death benefits. A claims service specialist was unable to contact a widow, who was receiving death benefits after her husband had died from a work-related injury. The widow, Franklin’s mother, was found to have died in January 2012, but workers’ compensation benefits continued to be paid to her bank account. Using bank surveillance cameras and account transaction records, investigators found that Franklin collected his mother’s funds after her death. 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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