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 - February 9, 2012
Former Golfer May Putt in Prison for Operating Fake Workers' Compensation Insurance Company (NC) - C. Dale Fuller, a former golfer at Clemson University who was once considered to be one of the Top 10 golfers in North and South Carolina, is scheduled to be sentenced by a federal judge as a result of his guilty plea to a $2.7 million mail fraud scheme. Fuller owned and operated Southeast Services, which purported to be an insurance company, and collected premiums and issued certificates of insurance while not actually providing the insurance. Read more
Chiropractor Sentenced To Jail For Dissemination Of False Or Misleading Information (CA) -Chiropractor Robert Schreiner has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years' probation on three misdemeanor counts of dissemination of false or misleading information concerning professional services. Schreiner operated the California Chiropractic Center, where injured employees from a Smurfit-Stone container plant were being treated for industrial injuries outside of the workers' compensation system. Schreiner was paid directly by the employer for the services rather than billing for the services through workers' compensation. Read more
Woman Collecting Temporary Total Disability Caught Double-Dipping at Veterinary Hospital (OH) - Nancy Palmer has been sentenced to a suspended prison sentence of seven months and ordered to make restitution after pleading guilty to workers' compensation fraud. While she was receiving temporary total disability benefits, Palmer was secretly working as a veterinary assistant at a veterinary hospital, assisting during surgeries and cleaning and taking care of animals, and also working as a telephone solicitor for a local charity. Read more
Jury Convicts Go-Cart Racer of Insurance and Workers' Compensation Fraud (CA) - Tony Roey Stevenson claimed that he slipped and injured his back in 2007 while working as an auto detailer. He was awarded workers' compensation benefits and later returned to work on modified duty while receiving wage loss benefits. A jury has found him guilty of fraud after evidence showed that he was able to race go-carts and work on his own car in a manner that was inconsistent with the injuries that he claimed to be suffering from. Read more
Logger Going To Jail For Lying At Workers' Compensation Hearing (ME) - David A. Powers has been sentenced to 60 days in jail following his plea of guilty to perjury, which arose from his false testimony in a worker's compensation hearing in April, 2009 that he had not earned wages since 2006 and that he did not have earnings of any kind in 2008. Powers asserted that deposits from a logging and land clearing company and a trucking company to his personal bank account were for his son, not income to him for his work. During the time that Powers was collecting worker's compensation for a back injury, he was observed operating a crane and grapples, and picking up trees and brush and feeding them into a chipping machine. Read more
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