Workers' Compensation

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (9/26/2013) – Not Going Fishing: Fly Shop Owner Snags Some Jail Time Instead


Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – September 26, 2013

Fly Shop Owner Snags Some Jail Time (ID) – Joe Roope will serve five days in jail for failing to maintain workers’ compensation insurance for his business, Joe Roope’s Castaway Fly Shop. The Idaho Industrial Commission had previously obtained court injunctions in 2003, 2007, and 2011 against Roope for failing to maintain insurance.   Read more

Disabled Nurse Earned Almost $100 Grand At Her Salon While Receiving Workers’ Comp Benefits (CT) – Brenda Shuler has been arrested and charged with collecting more than $280,000 in Workers’ Compensation benefits for an injury that supposedly left her unable to work when in fact she continued to run her Sistas Salon and Spa business. Shuler claimed that she was unable to continue working as a nurse at the Regency House nursing home after an injury, but in one year she earned $96,000 running her business.   Read more

Elderly Navy Civilian Employee Was Disabled For Quarter of a Century But Able To Run His Bar (CA) – Bruce Cearlock, who is 78 years of age, has pled guilty in federal court to making false statements to obtain federal workers’ compensation benefits. Cearlock began receiving workers’ compensation benefits under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act for an injury that he suffered as a civilian employee for the U.S. Navy in 1987, and he filed periodic reports stating under penalty of perjury that he was neither self-employed nor involved in any business enterprise. But from 1999 to 2011 he operated the Fuse, a bar in San Francisco, and he was the co-owner, with his wife, and the president and secretary of Alleycorp Inc., which owned the Fuse.   Read more

Truck Driver Must Make Restitution, Maintain Employment and Submit To Drug Tests To Avoid Jail (OH) – As a result of his guilty plea to theft for working while receiving workers’ compensation benefits, Cecil Ball must repay $9,699.16, maintain gainful employment, and submit to random urine screens. As a result of a computer database cross match, Ball was discovered to be working as a truck driver for KTS Transportation between July 2011 and January 2012, while he was also receiving temporary total disability benefits.   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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