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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.
Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter - June 20, 2013
Base Stealing Former Cop Rounding Third and Heading For Home At Jail (CA) - Edward Idukas, a former police officer for the City of Oxnard, has been sentenced to 120 days in jail and ordered to pay restitution of $120,000 as a result of his guilty plea to workers' compensation fraud. Idukas was placed on leave and began receiving temporary total disability benefits after he claimed that he injured his back while bending over at his police locker and that he could not even work desk duty. An investigation revealed that he was regularly playing in an adult baseball league, though, where he was even seen sliding into bases. Read more
Double Dipping Leads To Workers' Compensation Fraud Conviction (OH) - Steven Gooding has pled guilty to workers' compensation fraud for working while receiving workplace injury benefits and has been ordered to pay restitution of $22,000. Investigators received an allegation from a managed care organization indicating Gooding was working part time for Natale & Dickerhoof PPL, performing maintenance and administrative work while receiving temporary total disability compensation for a workplace injury. Read more
No Horsing Around While On Disability Allowed (OH) - Sandy Givens had been placed on probation after pleading guilty to working while receiving benefits and repaying unlawful benefits of $32,189.01. Given was operating a pony ride business in the greater Cincinnati area and also selling tack equipment at Horsefeathers Tack Shop at Caesar's Creek Flea Market in Wilmington while she was receiving disability benefits. Read more
Injuries From Falling Books Did Not Prevent Appearance On Steve Wilkos Show (OH) - Joshua Gayheart claimed that he was injured at work when a pallet of books fell on him. Three days after the alleged injury though, Gayheart appeared on a segment of the Steve Wilkos television show, where he was shown squatting, bending and jumping. These activities were inconsistent with his reported injuries, and after witnesses at work told investigators that the books fell onto the floor without hitting anyone, Gayheart pled guilty to one misdemeanor count of workers' compensation fraud for filing a false claim. Read more
Church Security Guard Lied To Get Disability Benefits (OH) - Kevin Swanson has pled guilty to one misdemeanor count of workers' compensation fraud for working while receiving benefits. A tip to the fraud hotline reported that Swanson faked an injury with the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority and had continued to work for a private security agency. An investigation found Swanson worked as a security guard at the Apostolic Faith Tabernacle Church while receiving temporary total disability benefits. His request for benefit forms contained false and misleading statements regarding his work activity. Read more
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