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 18, 2013
Injured Truck Driver Double-Dipped as Taxi for Construction Workers While Disabled (OH) – James Warren has pled guilty to one felony count of workers' compensation fraud for working while receiving benefits. Warren, who was originally injured as a long distance truck driver, was found to be transporting construction workers to various work sites and also repairing computers for an automobile dealership. The construction workers said Warren was their "taxi driver". Read more
No Workers’ Comp Insurance Provided by Door-To-Door Sales Company (NY) – Floyd Dunn has pled guilty to misdemeanor workers’ compensation and tax violations. Dunn’s door-to-door sales company, Fresh Start 2000, failed to provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage for his employees and he failed to collect sales tax on products that his company sold. Read more
Police Investigation Uncovers Doctor Shopping for Prescription Drugs (OH) – Scott Eddy has pled guilty to deception to obtain dangerous drugs and workers' compensation fraud. The Parma City Police Department had an open investigation on Eddy for deception to obtain dangerous drugs, also known as doctor shopping. The police department's investigation found workers’ compensation funds paid for narcotics that Eddy obtained by doctor shopping. Read more
Rehabilitation Client Faked 23 Job Applications (OH) – Joshua Cox has pled guilty to one misdemeanor count of theft for submitting false job searches. Investigators received an allegation that Cox was working while falsifying job search documents in order to receive living maintenance benefits for a rehabilitation plan. The investigation found Cox submitted 28 job search forms indicating he applied to 112 different employers looking for work between November 2011 and January 2012. Investigators contacted 27 of the employers listed on the job search forms and 23 of them indicated Cox never applied for a job and verified that the contact person noted by Cox on the job search form was not an employee with its company. Read more
Machine Operator Worked Two Jobs While on Temporary Total Disability (OH) – Joseph Gaydos has pled guilty to workers' compensation fraud for working while receiving benefits. Investigators received an allegation that Gaydos was working at a metal fabricating shop while receiving benefits for a workplace injury. It was confirmed through employment records and interviews that Gaydos returned to work as a machine operator and as a security guard while receiving temporary total disability and living maintenance benefits. Read more
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