Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (11/14/2013) – Fatal Lightning Strike of Employee Reveals Lack of Workers’ Compensation Insurance

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (11/14/2013) – Fatal Lightning Strike of Employee Reveals Lack of Workers’ Compensation Insurance

 

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – November 14, 2013

Fatal Lightning Strike of Employee Reveals Lack of Workers’ Compensation Insurance (FL) – Joel Trujillo has been arrested on charges of violating a stop work order and third-degree felony workers’ compensation fraud for allegedly failing to provide workers’ compensation coverage to employees of his construction company, K.C. Tile and Marble. On June 26, 2013, K.C. Tile and Marble employees Jose Kenn Alexi Cruz Villamar and Robert Wiley were struck by lightning while working at a construction site, and Wiley died as a result of his injuries. Neither the surviving employee nor the family of the deceased employee received the appropriate workers’ compensation benefits because Trujillo had failed to secure workers’ compensation insurance.   Read more

Janitor Used Fake ID To Obtain Employment While Receiving Workers' Compensation Benefits (OH) – John Monday, aka John Turner, has pled guilty to workers’ compensation fraud and has been ordered to pay restitution of $105,169.23. Monday worked as a janitor at the Cincinnati Spine Institute for more than twenty years while receiving permanent total disability and disabled workers' relief fund benefits. Monday used an Ohio driver's license and a state Identification card under the name of John Turner in order to obtain his employment at the Spine Institute while he received the benefits in his real name.   Read more

Alarm Company Owner Arrested For Fraud (FL) – The owner of Alarms by Bell, William Martinez, has been charged with operating his company without workers’ compensation insurance.   Read more

Police Officer Likely To Be Fired After Receiving Probation For Fraud Conviction (MD) – Baltimore Police Officer Anthony Fata has been sentenced to a suspended prison sentence, two years of probation, and 500 hours of community service for perjury, misconduct in office, and worker's compensation fraud. Fata claimed to have been attacked and shot by an unknown assailant in a parking garage, but he was found to have made up the shooting in order to obtain worker's compensation benefits. The Baltimore Police Department stated that they would now move swiftly with their internal disciplinary process, which will likely result in the termination of Fata’s employment.   Read more

Contractor Charged With Failing To Maintain Insurance (FL) – William Reiter, who owns William Reiter LLC, has been arrested for allegedly allowing his employees to pressure wash a house while his company did not have workers’ compensation insurance.   Read more

Dry Cleaner Employee Tried To Clean Up By Double-Dipping (OH) – Tawana Brown has pled guilty to workers’ compensation fraud and has been ordered to pay restitution of $8,823.32. While Brown was receiving temporary total disability payments and seeking a lump sum workers’ compensation settlement for a hand injury, she was working at Avon Cleaners and Kingsbury Cleaners. She claimed to have minimal use of her injured hand, but she was found to be working on a fast-paced shirt press line that required her to use both of her hands.   Read more

Drywall Company Employees Were Not Protected By Workers’ Compensation Insurance (FL) – Authorities have charged that three employees of Collier Inc., owned by Eduardo Gutierrez, were found to be doing drywall work while their employer did not have workers’ compensation insurance.   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.

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