Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (1/26/2012) – Workers’ Compensation Claimant Guilty of Mining for Gold in California

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (1/26/2012) – Workers’ Compensation Claimant Guilty of Mining for Gold in California

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 - January 26, 2012

Workers' Compensation Claimant Guilty of Mining for Gold (CA) - Stephen Eugene Harder has been convicted by a jury of five counts of workers' compensation insurance fraud relating to his claim for benefits and faces up to eight years in prison. An investigation of Harder showed him acting, moving, and appearing in a manner that was inconsistent with his claimed injuries. Harder was videotaped engaging in gold mining activity, which sharply contrasted with his injury claims and complaints to the doctors that were treating him.   Read more

Son Sentenced to Prison for Theft of Mom's Workers' Compensation Benefits After She Dies (ME) - Joseph R. Lebard has been sentenced to six months of prison and three years of supervised release, and he has been ordered to pay $69,357.36 in restitution as a result of his guilty plea to theft of public money. Lebard's widowed mother had been receiving worker's compensation survivor benefits while living at Lebard's home. After she died, Lebard continued to receive her benefit checks from the U.S. Department of Labor, and he forged her signature on the checks so he could deposit them in his own back account.   Read more

Scammer on Felony Probation Snared in Unlicensed Contractor Sting (CA) - Brian Gross, who was serving four years on probation after pleading guilty to one felony count of fraudulent use of a contractor license number and one misdemeanor count of failing to purchase workers' compensation insurance for employees, has been arrested again for contracting without a license and was sent directly to the county jail.   Read more

Former Prosecutor of Convicted Workers' Compensation Director Faces Disciplinary Complaint Over Failure to Disclose Evidence (ND) - Former assistant state's attorney Cynthia Feland, now a state District Judge, is contesting an allegation that she should be suspended from the practice of law for failing to turn over an auditor's memo to defense counsel for Sandy Blunt, who she prosecuted for misspending state funds when Blunt was the chief executive of North Dakota's Workforce Safety and Insurance department. Feland is arguing that she disclosed the information in other documents and that the information would not have helped Blunt at trial.   Read more

Owner of Staffing Companies Pleads Guilty to Workers' Compensation Fraud (MA) - Dara Duong, who owned Middlesex Temporary Agency, Ankgor Staffing, Inc., and General Labor Services, has pled guilty to underreporting the size and scope of his business operations in order to avoid paying approximately $110,000 in workers' compensation premiums. Duong's companies provided unskilled labor, such as factory workers, to several client companies, and he intentionally underreported his companies' payrolls, the total number of employees, the number of clients his employees worked for, and misrepresented the job classifications of his employees.   Read more

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