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 - November 24, 2011
Hungarian Chef Guilty of Failing To Disclose Earlier Fall (CA) - The Court of Appeal of California has upheld the conviction of Laszlo Imre Svercsics on three counts of making a false statement to obtain workers' compensation benefits. The court found that the defendant failed to disclose his first work-related back injury, suffered in 1995, when he filed a workers' compensation claim for a 2005 back injury. The court did not accept the defendant's contention that he failed to disclose the 1995 injury because he was Hungarian and understood little English. Free Download of the opinion and read more.(Lexis.com subscribers can access the Lexis enhanced version of the People v. Svercsics, 2011 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 8888 (Cal. App. 4th Dist. Nov. 18, 2011) decision with core terms, case law links, and Shepard's.)
Unlicensed Doctor Avoids Prison After Unlawfully Conducting Workers' Compensation Medical Examinations (OH) - James E. Mann, a 78 year old former physician who lost his license to practice medicine in the 1990's, has been sentenced to a fine and ordered to pay restitution on three counts of mail fraud. Mann personally conducted medical examinations of workers' compensation claimants and fraudulently signed the names of licensed physicians to the examination forms. Mann still faces a charge of workers' compensation fraud in state court. Read more
Conviction of Disabled Employee Who Was Very Active Outside of Her Home Affirmed (OR) - The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has upheld the conviction of Bonnie Schreiber for mail fraud, wire fraud, and theft. The court held that Schreiber misrepresented her physical condition and her inability to work, finding that she was able to go hunting, fishing, boating, camping, riding horses and snowmobiles, frequently cut wood to heat her home, and trained as a member of the local volunteer fire department. Free Download of the opinion and read more.(Lexis.com subscribers can access the Lexis enhanced version of the United States v. Schreiber, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 23224 (9th Cir. Mont. Nov. 18, 2011) decision with core terms, case law links, and Shepard's.)
Double-Dipper Arrested For Fraud and Perjury (NY) - Robert J. Deyo has been charged with one count of perjury in the first degree and one count of committing a fraudulent practice. The charges stem from allegations that Deyo was receiving worker's compensation benefits he was not entitled to by continuing to work as a contractor, and not reporting that fact to his employer or the insurance carrier. Read more
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