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.
Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – December 25, 2009
Orlando Man Sentenced for Illegal Alien Workers’ Comp Scheme (FL) – Jose Corcho was sentenced to federal prison for his involvement in a scheme to rent workers' compensation certificates to crews of illegal alien workers, this after an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Read more
Herkimer County Man Charged With Workers’ Comp Fraud (NY) – David Bowers has been charged with wrongfully receiving nearly $47,000 in workers’ compensation benefits while allegedly working as a disc jockey for a
Utica strip club. Read more
Fontana Man Arrested for Alleged Workers’ Comp Fraud (CA) – Bernabe Benitez was arrested for allegedly suffering a work-related injury, for which he was placed on temporary total disability, and allegedly misrepresenting the extent of his injuries and his current physical abilities and limitations. Read more
Lackawanna Businessman Sentenced for Failing to Obtain Workers’ Comp Coverage (PA) – Robert Benson was sentenced in Lackawanna County Court to six months house arrest and four-and-a-half years probation for failing to obtain workers' compensation coverage at his company, Robert T. Benson Painting & Restoration. Read more
Federal Contractor at Air Force Base Under Investigation for Workers’ Comp Violations (AK) – According to a federal investigation, Steel System Erectors of Southern California allegedly brought illegal immigrants from California to work at the Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska and allegedly failed to follow
Alaska’s workers’ compensation laws for their 30 employees. The U.S. Dept. of Labor is currently investigating Steel System Erectors for possible fraud in the company’s payroll system. Read more
Lockport Firefighter’s Workers’ Comp Claim Under Investigation (NY) – Michael Collette, a Lockport firefighter out on workers’ comp for a back injury, may have been working as an extra on a movie set. His comp claim is now being investigated. Read more
Hidalgo County Corrections Officer Faces Criminal Charges for Workers’ Comp Fraud (TX) – Jennifer Muñoz faces criminal charges after filing a workers’ comp claim and allegedly confessing to filing a false report. Read more
Restaurant Owner Sentenced for Workers’ Comp Fraud (OH) – Sean C. Pregibon, the owner of the Youngstown Sports Grille in Boardman, was sentenced to two years probation after pleading guilty to five counts of workers’ comp fraud. Read more
Catskill Man Arrested for Alleged Workers’ Comp Fraud (NY) – John Caltabiano was arrested for allegedly feigning false disabilities and extent of injuries after filing a workers’ comp claim. Read more
Cleveland Man Indicted for Workers’ Comp Insurance Check Scam (OH) – Joseph Miller was indicted for his involvement in a workers’ comp insurance scam in Colorado where allegedly forged checks worth over $100,000 were deposited into bank accounts that he opened and over $26,000 was withdrawn from those accounts. Read more
Former Framingham Man Pleads Guilty to Workers’ Comp Charges (MA) – Nelson Morillo, a former Framingham resident and now living in Florida, pleaded guilty to charges that he falsely collected workers’ comp benefits and lied under oath. Read more
Construction Company Owner Charged With Alleged Workers’ Comp Premium Fraud (NY) – Justin Greenfield, owner of Greenfield Construction, was arrested and charged with workers’ comp fraud against the New York State Insurance Fund. Read more
Security Firm Owner Charged With Alleged False Workers’ Comp Insurance Application (NY) – Noah Felice, the president of Spectrum Security and Investigative Services, Inc., was arrested and charged for allegedly lying on an application for workers’ comp insurance with the New York State Insurance Fund. Read more
Former Police Officer Charged With Alleged Workers’ Comp Fraud (PA) – Charles Lindy Edwards III, a former New Bethlehem Borough police officer who faces drug charges, has been charged with theft involving disability and workers’ comp payments. Read more
Workers comp fraud investigators filed charges against me and not Leigh Hunt, who by the way owes NYSIF over $70,000.00 for failing to pay his workers comp fees. Then, Mr. Hunt obtains a workers comp fund policy after he committed a class A Felony by not revealing he has had a comp policy in the past. Now comes the fun part, they drop ALL of the charges against me but fail to file on Leigh Hunt even after I sent an entire file to the state. Just how much is Hunt paying off state employees with all that cash he gets from behind Burger king, remember, $50,000.00 cash in 20's in a brown paper bag in the middle of the night when he ran for Sheriff AND LOST I MIGHT ADD. Anytime state investigators want to arrest Leigh Hunt I have the evidence stashed away in a safe in a safe place far away with mailing instructions should anything stupid happen.
And yes, my name is Noah Felice and this is my opinion.