Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – July 17, 2014
Disabled Bowler Caught After Posting His Bowling Scores On Social Networking (CA) – Ronald Fortune claimed that he had been unable to bowl after he was injured while working as a package handler for Golden State Overnight. But while he was receiving workers’ compensation benefits for his work injury, his bowling scores were posted on social networking sites and video surveillance showed him participating in bowling games in which he displayed no evidence of an injury. As a result of this evidence, he pled guilty to workers’ compensation fraud and was ordered to pay restitution of $12,764. Read more
Identity Theft and Workers’ Compensation Fraud Arrests At Food Produce Company (FL) – State and local authorities have initially arrested at least 16 employees of Fruit Dynamics, LLC, more commonly known as Incredible Fresh or Collier County Produce, with more arrests expected. Authorities said that at least 27 of employees are believed to have stolen the identities of victims from 25 different states, and that many of the employees at the packing plant may have committed workers’ compensation fraud. The investigation began when a former employee who was seeking medical attention for an on the job injury admitted to using a fake identity to gain employment and suggested that many of his former co-workers had done the same. Read more
Surveillance Video Leads To Fraud Conviction Of Former Roofing Company Employee (CA) – Francisco Carranza has pled guilty to felony workers’ compensation fraud and has been ordered to repay $68,000 in unlawful benefits. Carranza filed a workers' compensation claim for an injury sustained while working for Action Roofing Company. Despite years of medical treatment and benefit payments, Carranza complained of ongoing pain and claimed that he was incapable of working or walking without the use of a device. Surveillance video proved Carranza's claims were fraudulent. Read more
Student Thought Workers’ Compensation Was Her Meal Ticket While Attending Culinary Classes (OH) – Brooklynn Mieczkowski has been ordered to pay more than $10,000 after surveillance video proved the culinary student was improperly collecting workplace injury benefits. Investigators found that Mieczkowski was a student at a local culinary school and obtained records showing that she attended classes while receiving disability benefits. She used a cane each time she attended a workers’ compensation hearing or went to her doctor’s office. But she ditched the cane when she participated in meal preparation training, which involved standing for up to three hours at a time. 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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