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Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – August 29, 2013
Tattoo Shop Owner Inked His Customers In Pennsylvania While Receiving Ohio Disability Benefits (OH) – Randy Bartosh has pled guilty to one count of workers’ compensation fraud and one count of theft for receiving temporary total disability benefits in Ohio while he was operating his 213’s Tattoo U shop in Pennsylvania. After receiving information from a confidential source, investigators conducted social media searches, undercover operations and obtained bank records to prove that Bartosh tattooed his customers and managed the business and marketing operations of his shop. Read more
Alive Daughter Charged With Stealing More Than $45,000 In Deceased Father's Workers' Compensation Benefits (PA) – Margaret Black has been charged with allegedly collecting more than $45,000 of her deceased father's workers' compensation disability benefits. Black never notified Zurich North America of her father's death and continued to collect more than $800 a week in his workers' compensation benefits. She received several official forms from the company and allegedly signed his name and returned the forms to the insurer, thus fraudulently claiming that her father was alive and continued to remain eligible for benefits. Read more
Businessman Convicted of Failing To Maintain Workers’ Comp Coverage in Ohio May Be Drug To Jail In Texas (OH) – Donald Schilling, the owner of Cleveland Tire & Wheel, has been sentenced to 120 days in jail after an Ohio jury convicted him of failing to maintain workers’ compensation coverage for his business by concealing employee payroll figures. Schilling was repeatedly warned that he was required to obtain workers’ compensation coverage, which he failed to do, even while three workers’ compensation claims were filed by employees of Cleveland Tire & Wheel. Schilling is currently on probation from a drug conviction in Texas and this violation of his probation could result in a sentence there of up to 99 years of incarceration. Read more
Restaurant Owner Charged With Theft Of Nearly $250,000 In Workers' Comp Payments (WA) – Wanitta Racicot, the owner of the Broadway Bar and Grill restaurant, has been charged with felony theft after receiving nearly a quarter-million dollars in workers' compensation benefits over the course of eight years. Racicot claimed in 2001 that she suffered on-the-job injuries at a restaurant to both of her arms that made it impossible to do restaurant work. An investigation in 2011, however, after Racicot stated that she could not button her shirts or put on earrings, filmed Racicot carrying groceries, busing heavy dishes, scrubbing the bar counter and doing other tasks at the Broadway Bar and Grill, and current and former employees said Racicot had been working there for years. 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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