Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (7/10/2014) – Tow Truck Driver Caught On Video Trying To Pull a Fast One

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (7/10/2014) – Tow Truck Driver Caught On Video Trying To Pull a Fast One

 

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – July 10, 2014

Tow Truck Driver Caught On Video Trying To Pull a Fast One (OH) – Shannon Rager has pled guilty to workers' compensation fraud and has been ordered to make full restitution for the illegal benefits he received. Investigators received a tip that Rager was working while receiving disability benefits. Surveillance was conducted on multiple days, and several witnesses confirmed that Rager was working as a tow truck driver and mechanic.   Read more

Toilet Lid Comes Crashing Down On Judge’s Fraudulent Assault Claim (NY) – Roger Barto, the Waterloo Acting Village Justice, has been indicted on charges of fraud and theft. Barto filed a workers’ compensation claim after he reported that he had been assaulted while locking the courthouse after he had conducted an arraignment. He claimed that two men hit him on the head with a toilet lid and choked him, but a police investigation uncovered no evidence to substantiate his assault allegation.   Read more

Architect Who Threatened To Charge Employees For Workers’ Compensation Insurance To Do Community Service (CA) – Robert Gunn, a licensed architect, has been sentenced to a day in jail, with credit for time served, five years’ probation, and 300 hours of community service for failing to maintain workers’ compensation insurance and register as an employer. Gunn told his employees that he did not have worker’s compensation insurance, but if he acquired it, he would deduct the cost from their paychecks. Investigators found Gunn and his employees working on a rental property remodeling project where an employee had been injured.   Read more

Former Township Police Officer Charged With Workers’ Compensation Fraud and Theft (OH) – Thomas Gamble will face trial later this summer on charges of workers’ compensation fraud and theft. Gamble filed a workers’ compensation claim after he said he was injured at the scene of an auto accident while he was serving as a Perry Township police officer. He stated that he slipped on ice and injured his back when he fell into a door jamb of a vehicle, and that two days later he stopped working because of the injury.   Read more

District Attorney Announces Workers’ Compensation Fraud Charges (NY) – The Clinton County District Attorney has announced that Susan Ford has been charged with workers’ compensation fraud. The charges allege that Ford made a false statement on her claim.   Read more

Twice Convicted Doctor To Do Five Years in Jail For Overbilling (TX) – Dr. Howard Douglas, III, M.D., who has been convicted twice of workers’ compensation fraud for overbilling Texas Mutual Insurance Company for functional capacity evaluations, will serve 5 years of confinement. Douglas was first convicted for overbilling by his company Western Medical Evaluators. He was then convicted a second time for using three other companies he created, North Texas Medical Evaluators, Marconi Physical Performance Testing, and Nolan Physical Performance & Neurodiagnostics, to also overbill Texas Mutual.   Read more

Hotel Owners Employed Undocumented Workers To Lower Taxes and Workers’ Compensation Expenses (KS) – Munir Ahmad Chaudary and his wife, Rhonda Bridge, have pled guilty to federal charges of employing undocumented workers, thereby lowering the operating costs of their two Clarion hotels and putting themselves at a competitive advantage by not paying Social Security, Workers Compensation and unemployment insurance for the undocumented workers. They even hired an undercover agent for the government who told them that he was unauthorized to work in the USA.   Read more

Truck Driver Pleads Guilty To Double-Dipping (OH) – Maynard Jackson Sr. has pled guilty to misdemeanor workers’ compensation fraud. Investigators found that Jackson worked as a truck driver while collecting more than $2,000 in non-working wage loss benefits in 2008.   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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