Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (7/5/2012) – Washing and Detailing Cars and Pickup Trucks While on Disability Leads to Conviction

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (7/5/2012) – Washing and Detailing Cars and Pickup Trucks While on Disability Leads to Conviction

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 - July 5, 2012

Washing and Detailing Cars and Pickup Trucks While on Disability Leads to Conviction (OH) - Jeffrey Beaty has pled guilty to one count of workers' compensation fraud and has been placed on three years of probation and ordered to pay restitution. Investigators videotaped Beaty operating Beaty's Auto Wash and Detail business while he was receiving workers' compensation benefits. Beaty was seen washing, waxing, and detailing vehicles for customers and businesses, and investigators obtained invoices from some customers for the work that was observed.   Read more

Administrative Law Judges Under Investigation For Destroying Medical Reports (UT) - Two Utah Labor Commission administrative law judges, Adjudication Division Director Richard LaJeunesse and Assistant Director Debbie Hann, have been placed on administrative leave while the Utah Attorney General's Office conducts an investigation into allegations that they destroyed workers' compensation medical reports that they found to be deficient. In at least three instances, reports were shredded and new reports were ordered, but attorneys representing the parties in the worker's compensation claims were not notified or given copies of the original medical reports.   Read more

Indictment Handed Down For Fraud (OH) - Jerry Adams has been indicted on three counts of workers compensation fraud for allegedly fraudulently obtaining workers compensation benefits during three periods in 2010 and 2011.   Read more

Painter Avoids Jail Time After Conviction For Workers' Compensation Fraud (ME) - Jeremy Laurendeau has been ordered to pay $9,141 in restitution and serve 14 days in an alternative sentencing program run by the Volunteers of America as a result of his guilty plea to theft by deception for working while also receiving workers' compensation wage replacement benefits. Laurendeau dislocated his shoulder while working for A Team Painting, but then he secretly worked for other employers while collecting benefits.   Read more

Fake Injury Caught When Co-Worker Secretly Taped Claimant Bragging About It (OH) - Benjamin Lawrence has been ordered to make restitution as a result of his guilty plea to one count of workers' compensation fraud. Lawrence was allegedly injured on the job and was receiving benefits until a co-worker secretly taped him confessing to faking the injury. The co-worker supplied the employer with the tape, in which Lawrence states he purposely injured himself, knowingly filed a false claim, and was able to receive pain pills.   Read more

Lawsuit Against Doctors and Surgery Centers Seeks Treble and Punitive Damages for RICO Conspiracy and Fraud (CA) - The State Compensation Insurance Fund has filed a lawsuit against Dr. Sana Ullah Khan and Dr. Alexander Zaks, claiming that the two physicians billed for services that were not delivered to workers' compensation patients or were not needed by such patients, such as MRIs, X-rays, deep massages, rehabilitation treatments, and pain injections. The SCIF also sued Accident Help Line Medical Group, former SCIF attorney Bruce McIntyre Roth, and a number of other surgery and imaging centers.   Read more

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