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 19, 2012
Movin' On Good Buddy: Disabled Truck Driver Crosses State Line To Keep On Trucking (OH) - Ronald J. Richards, who lives in West Virginia, has pled guilty to one count of theft for working while receiving benefits. Richards was awarded temporary total and living maintenance benefits after he was injured as a truck driver for Riley Petroleum Products LLC in Ohio. Working on a tip, investigators found that he was then employed as a truck driver for Bee Mack Trucking in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, while receiving these benefits. The judge ordered him to maintain viable employment and he will serve an immediate 30 day sentence if he misses a single restitution payment. Read more
Montana Claimant Went Double-Dipping For Relief (MT) - Jacobi Curtis has pled guilty to felony theft after illegally collecting workers' compensation benefits. The Montana State Fund's special investigations unit discovered that Curtis was working as an independent contractor while receiving benefits from a work-related injury at his prior job. The Montana Attorney General's Office filed felony charges against Curtis, who was ordered by the court to pay $2,109 in restitution. Read more
Temporary Total Disability Benefits Don't Stop Clean and Shiny Cars (OH) - Kelly Hart has pled guilty to two counts of theft for working while receiving benefits. An allegation indicated Hart was working while receiving temporary total disability benefits. Investigators found Hart returned to employment as a car detailer for Just the Details LLC while receiving benefits. The business owner and Hart himself confirmed his employment. Read more
City Employee Can't Handle Stress and Back Pain At Work, But Can Lift Stones At Home (RI) - David Bradley, who worked in the East Providence highway department and as a police department dispatcher until he began receiving disability benefits because of stress and back pain, has resigned his city employment after Judge Edward Sowa suspended his workers' compensation benefits. An investigator produced a 41 minute video in court that showed Bradley working at his home and lifting stones while using a shovel and a wheelbarrow. Read more
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