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 - November 15, 2012
Injured Worker Used Wife's Social Security Number To Hide Out-Of-State Jobs (OH) - Joseph Curto of South Carolina has pled guilty to workers' compensation fraud in Ohio and has been ordered to make restitution of over $140,000 for working at several jobs in South Carolina and concealing those earnings while receiving permanent disability benefits in Ohio. Curto used his wife's Social Security Number to report his South Carolina earnings in an effort to conceal his income from Ohio authorities. Read more
Claimant Arrested For Stealing $12,000 In Benefits (NY) - James T. Rotzler has been arrested on charges of workers' compensation fraud, grand larceny, and offering a false instrument for filing. Rotzler is accused of fraudulently obtaining $12,000 in workers' compensation benefits. Read more
Underground Economy Sweep of 63 Work Sites Uncovers Unregistered Contractors (WA) - In its fourth such sweep, the Washington Department of Labor & Industries visited 63 work sites and cited 11 contractors for either lacking a state registration or not being registered for the work they were actually doing. The manager of the Department's construction compliance program pointed out that unregistered contractors typically had no liability insurance, no bond, and paid no taxes or workers' compensation premiums. Read more
Connecticut Department of Labor Issues Stop Work Orders to 16 Companies (CT) - The Connecticut Department of Labor's Division of Wage and Workplace Standards issued stop work orders to 16 companies working at construction project sites in October. Stop Work orders were levied against companies that misclassified workers as independent contractors with the intent of avoiding their obligations under federal and state employment laws, covering such matters as workers' compensation, unemployment taxes, and payroll reporting. Stop work orders resulted in the halting of all activity at a cited company's worksite, as well as a $300 civil penalty for each day the company did not carry workers' compensation coverage as required by law. Read more
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