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 - August 9, 2012
Owner of TV Recycling Business Knew She Needed Workers' Compensation Insurance (CA) - Angelina Corona, the owner of Celan TV Recylers, has been arrested on charges that she failed to obtain workers' compensation insurance for her employees. Corono's business picked up used televisions at residences and although she had a gross income of $15,000-$20,000 a month, she admitted that she had refused to pay the $675 monthly insurance premium. Read more
State Files Complaint Seeking to Shut Down Assisted-Living Hotel For Lack of Insurance (NE) - The Nebraska Attorney General has filed a complaint in Lincoln County District Court seeking a court order to shut down the Hotel Pawnee, an assisted-living facility with 70 residents that is owned by the Pawnee Assisted Living Corporation. The facility has operated more than 600 days without workers' compensation insurance coverage, and the complaint also requests that the owner be fined $1,000 for each day it has failed to maintain workers' compensation insurance. Read more
Double-Dipper Pleads Guilty to Fraud and Perjury (NY) - Robert J. Deyo has pled guilty to perjury and attempt to commit a fraudulent practice for collecting workers' compensation benefits that he was not entitled to receive. Deyo received worker's compensation benefits while he was also working as a contractor, and he did not report that new employment to his insurance carrier. Read more
Plea Deal For Housing Agency Director May Be In The Works (OH) - The prosecution and defense attorneys discussed a possible plea bargain in the case of Anna Schnippel, the executive director of the Allen Metropolitan Housing Authority who has been charged with knowingly approving a fraudulent workers' compensation claim by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation and placed on administrative leave by her governing board. The attorneys met during the scheduled pretrial conference and exchanged discovery materials. Schnippel signed off on a workers' compensation claim for the agency's receptionist, Cheryl Lawson, who said she was injured during a police raid of the agency concerning the shredding of agency documents when she tried to block the police officers from entering the offices. Read more
Husband Charged With Workers' Compensation Fraud and Wife Charged With Bankruptcy Fraud (CA) - Michael McCree and his wife, Debra Fields, have been charged in two separate indictments for fraud. McCree has been charged with 18 counts of making false statements in order to receive workers' compensation and other compensations and reimbursements. McCree worked for the U.S. Post Office for six months in 1988 and 1989 before filing a workers' compensation claim for an alleged back injury. Since 1989, he has been receiving monthly wage loss compensation and reimbursements for medical-related travel, including more than $120,000 in reimbursements for travel that he did not actually make. Fields has been charged with concealing property, making a false oath, and making a false statement. In June 2011, she filed for bankruptcy and was discharged of her debts that she listed as more than $550,000. Fields did not disclose that her husband was receiving monthly wage loss payments and reimbursements for travel. Read more
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