Workers' Compensation

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (9/12/2013) – Video Demolishes Fraudulent Workers’ Compensation Claim


Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – September 12, 2013

Video Demolishes Fraudulent Workers’ Compensation Claim (OH) – John Perkins has pled guilty to workers’ compensation fraud after investigators caught him on camera demolishing homes when he was supposed to be off work recovering from a workplace injury. While he was collecting temporary total disability, Perkins was discovered to be working for Rogers Services demolishing old mobile home trailers. The video evidence showed Perkins tearing down trailers, running a reciprocating saw, using a sledgehammer, loading materials into a dumpster, and taking scrap materials to scrap yards.   Read more

Double-Dipping Indictment Issued In Mississippi (MS) –David Cox has been arrested on charges of workers’ compensation fraud as a result of a grand jury indictment. It is alleged that after Cox was injured and began receiving workers’ compensation benefits, he failed to disclose that he had returned to work.   Read more

Former Postal Supervisor Thought He Could Clean Up As A Janitor While On Disability (NC) – Joseph Catone, a former supervisor with the U.S. Postal Service, has been sentenced to serve 16 months in prison for submitting false information on a 2008 workman’s compensation benefits application. Catone was granted workers’ compensation benefits after he claimed that he had developed a stress-related condition as a result of excessive driving in the performance of his duties. While receiving those benefits, he worked as a custodian for Angelo’s Maintenance, where he vacuumed, picked up trash, and performed other cleaning services at the Hayes Performing Arts Center.   Read more

Chiropractor Sentenced To Federal Pen For Health Care Fraud And Tax Evasion (OH) – Joseph Yurigan, D.C., a chiropractor who practiced in both Ohio and West Virginia, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $836,065.93 after pleading guilty to health care fraud and tax evasion. Yurigan was found to have routinely and consistently billed multiple insurance providers for services that he never provided.   Read more

Wife Continued To Collect Comatose Husband’s Benefits For Three Years After He Died (CA) – Rosa Barajas has been arrested for insurance fraud for allegedly continuing to receive her husband’s workers' compensation benefits after his death. Jesus Barajas suffered an industrial accident in 1997 when he fell from a scaffold while working for Aramark Uniform Services. As a result of his accident and serious injuries, Jesus was comatose and declared legally brain dead. Rosa was appointed his legal guardian and was required to notify the workers’ compensation insurer if he passed away. Jesus died in May, 2010, but Rosa did not notify the insurer and instead continued to receive and spend the $18,000 monthly payment that should have ceased.   Read more

Former Disabled City Employee Pays Restitution To Cincinnati After He Is Caught Working (OH) – Stephen Byrne has paid restitution of $14,774.15 to the City of Cincinnati, his former employer, after pleading guilty to theft. While he was receiving working wage loss and temporary total benefits for an injury that he sustained while working for the city, Byrne performed shop cleanup work for a towing and recovery business and also did rehab work on rental properties.   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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