Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – December 12, 2013
Photographer Caught By Secret Camera Taking Pictures While He Claimed To Be Disabled (OH) – Elvin Hamilton has pled guilty to workers’ compensation fraud for operating a photography business while he was receiving temporary total disability benefits from 2010 to 2013. Investigators caught Hamilton on hidden surveillance video conducting professional photography work. He deposited more than 1,000 checks into his bank accounts for services rendered to customers, including companies, athletic organizations, government entities, and private individuals. Read more
Workers’ Compensation Insurance Fraud Probationer In More Trouble After Embezzlement Arrest (CA) – Alyce Letisha Biggs, also known as Tisha Biggs, has been charged with multiple theft charges in addition to violating her parole. Biggs was convicted of insurance fraud for charging clients for a bundled workers’ compensation policy after those types of policies were discontinued and for continuing to collect workers’ compensation insurance premiums from clients although no such policies existed. She was placed on probation, but a probation violation was filed against her after she was charged with embezzling funds while she worked as a bookkeeper at a resort rental company. Read more
Operation Handyman Sting Catches Nine Unlicensed Contractors (FL) – Over a two day period, a state and local multi-agency sting was conducted to apprehend unlicensed contractors who were both working without the required contractor license and/or engaging in construction work without the required workers’ compensation insurance or workers’ compensation insurance exemptions. Nine individuals were arrested and charged with a total of 9 felony charges and 10 misdemeanor charges. Read more
Roofing Contractor With Inactive License Bid On Work (CA) – Matthew Cunningham has pled guilty to failing to secure workers’ compensation insurance and to contracting without a license. Cunningham’s roofing contractor license was in inactive status when he provided bids to repair or replace five roofs. Read more
Veteran Los Angeles Police Officers Arrested For Workers’ Compensation Fraud (CA) – Police Officer II Jonathan Hall, a 19-year veteran of the LAPD, last assigned to Emergency Services Division, has been charged with workers’ compensation fraud, insurance fraud, grand theft and attempted perjury. Police Officer II Ralph Mendoza, a 13-year veteran of the LAPD, last assigned to Hollenbeck Patrol Division, has been charged with workers’ compensation fraud, and grand theft. Hall is accused of knowingly providing false testimony during a deposition related to his industrial injury claim under the penalty of perjury and receiving benefits to which he was not entitled. Mendoza is accused of falsifying medical documents related to his industrial injury claim and receiving benefits to which he was not entitled. Read more
Contractor Pleads Guilty Again To Operating Without Workers’ Compensation Insurance (CA) – Lavaki Fale, who was doing business as Vei Construction and and S&JR Construction, has pled guilty to failing to secure workers' compensation insurance and contracting without a license. As a result of the plea, Fale was found to have violated his probation for a similar conviction in 2011. In 2011, he was convicted of unlawfully working under his brother’s construction license and failing to secure 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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