Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – August 15, 2013
Awesome Fraud – Owner of Awesome Cleaning Products Company Underreported Payroll By $8 Million (CA) – Loksarang Dinkar Hardas has pled guilty to multiple counts of workers’ compensation misrepresentation and fraud and has been sentenced to 10 years of formal probation, a $250,000 fine, and restitution of $898,000. Hardas owns Awesome Products Inc., a manufacturing and distribution company for household and commercial cleaning products. He purchased workers’ compensation insurance for the company, but failed to include the payroll of a majority of his employees by employing them through three labor leasing companies that he also operated. His multi-million dollar underreporting of his payroll was discovered when an employee working for one of the labor leasing companies filed an insurance claim after suffering an injury at work, and it was learned that the employee worked out of the same facility as Awesome Products but was employed through the labor leasing company. Read more
Did He Hurt His Wrist At His County Job Or At Delta? (GA) – Olumide Hakeem Adeolu has been charged with both workers’ compensation fraud and insurance fraud. On the same day, he filed a claim with his employer, Cobb County, stating that he had hurt his wrist while working at the Austell Primary School, and he also filed a claim for the same wrist injury with Delta Airlines. He told Delta that he had not hurt his wrist at his Cobb County job. Read more
Store Manager Fooled Insurance Company and Doctors For Nine Years With Broken Toe Story (CA) – Yolandi Kohrumel has been sentenced to jail for one year and her father, Anton Buitendag, to 180 days in jail, for insurance fraud, grand theft, and perjury, and they have been ordered to pay restitution of $1,558,653. Kohrumel broke her toe in 2002 while working as a manager at Staples when a heavy box fell on her foot. After surgery, she claimed she could not walk and had to use a wheelchair, which gave her carpal tunnel syndrome. She claimed to be suffering from hypersensitivity of the feet, complex regional pain syndrome, depression, and anxiety. Doctors prescribed about 25 different medications for these symptoms. Kohrumel never returned to work and was paid temporary disability amounting to two-thirds of her salary, tax free. She also claimed that she needed care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and her father, a South African citizen without a work visa, sought to be paid for providing that care. Eventually the insurance company obtained video of Korhumel leaving her wheelchair two hours at a time and lifting and moving heavy boxes in her garage. Read more
Motorcycle Racetrack Owner Arrested For Workers’ Compensation Fraud (NY) – Former NHL first-round draft pick Jason Bonsignore has been charged with 26 counts of offering a false instrument for filing, 4 counts of failure to secure compensation for employees, and 4 counts of fraudulent practice. The charges are the result of an investigation of Bonsignore’s motorcycle racetrack business, Champion Speedway. Read more
Former Sheriff's Office Employee and Husband Plead Guilty To Workers' Compensation Fraud (CA) - Keri Atwood, a former civilian employee of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, has pled guilty to workers' compensation fraud and her husband, Michael Atwood, has pled guilty to conspiracy. Keri Atwood was placed on disability after she reported to her supervisors that she sustained an injury to her left ankle when another employee accidentally hit the back of her foot with a mail cart. She used crutches or a wheelchair to get to her medical appointments. After her appointments, though, she was seen walking freely and engaging in a number of physical activities that she told her treating physicians that she could not perform. Read more
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.
For more information about LexisNexis products and solutions connect with us through our corporate site