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 - April 5, 2012
Drum Manufacturer Shuttered By Court For Failing To Carry Worker's Compensation Insurance (OH) - An Ohio trial court has issued an injunction ordering Gray Container, a 55-gallon drum manufacturer, to discontinue its operations for repeatedly refusing to maintain workers' compensation coverage. Gray Container allowed its policy to lapse in September, 2006 and despite repeated attempts by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation to assist the company to maintain coverage, it failed to protect its employees. During that time, 22 claims, one of which was a death claim, were filed and Gray Container now owes almost $700,000. Read more
Woman Continued To Take Her Paycheck While Receiving Workers' Compensation Benefits (FL) - Yvonne C. Timmons has been charged with filing false or misleading information in order to fraudulently obtain workers' compensation insurance benefits. An investigation revealed that Timmons collected medical benefits through her employer's workers' compensation policy after an accident at work. Although she claimed that she could not work, she continued to collect full pay from her employer while also collecting these benefits. Read more
Physical Education Teacher and School District Settle Lawsuit Over Working At Racetracks While On Leave of Absence (CA) - Mark McCleave, a teacher at Valley Alternative High School, and the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District have settled a lawsuit that the school district had filed. The lawsuit had claimed that McCleave had violated his contract by working at several area racetracks while he was on a leave of absence after falling off of a desk in a classroom and injuring his right elbow. McCleave agreed to pay the school district $5,000. Read more
Man Failed To Disclose Prior Back Injuries and Disability payments (FL) - Willie Lee Kendrick has been charged with filing false or misleading information in order to fraudulently obtain workers' compensation insurance benefits. Kendrick claimed that he sustained a work-related back injury. Further investigation revealed previous medical records showing Kendrick had claimed back injuries in 1983 and 1985 and sought disability benefits on both occasions. As a result of Kendrick's false statements, he allegedly received $71,000 in fraudulent workers' compensation benefits. Read more
School District Security Guard Arrested On Insurance Fraud For Double-Dipping (CA) - Julio Santiago, a security guard for the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, has been charged with five felonies for secretly working while he was collecting workers' compensation benefits. Santiago had claimed that he was unable to work for three years after he was injured in his school job, but while he was collecting temporary total disability benefits, he was also working as a security guard for another employer. Read more
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