Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter 2/5/2010 - Recent Arrests, Charges & Convictions

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter 2/5/2010 - Recent Arrests, Charges & Convictions

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 and convictions.

      

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – February 5, 2010

 

Five Unlicensed Contractors Busted in Undercover Operation (CA) – Five Lincoln residents were charged with contracting without a license, this after the Contractors State License Board’s Statewide Investigative Fraud Team acted on a tip from city building officials. Read more

Gun Store Owner Convicted of Lying to Obtain Federal Workers’ Comp Benefits (OH) – Lawrence E. Waldren was convicted of making false statements in order to receive federal workers’ compensation from May 2005 to September 2008. Specifically, he concealed and did not disclose ownership of a gun store in paperwork filed with the Department of Labor. Read more

Attorney General Reaches Agreement With Restaurant Meal Delivery Companies to Resolve Misclassification of Drivers (MA) – Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office has reached settlement agreements with four Massachusetts restaurant meal delivery companies to resolve allegations that the companies misclassified their drivers as independent contractors in violation of Massachusetts Law. Read more

Chef and Restaurant Owner Accused of Violating Stop Work Order (FL) – Loring W. Felix, owner and executive chef of Felix’s Restaurant & Catering, has been accused of violating a stop work order issued by the state for allegedly failing to provide workers’ compensation for his 20 employees since August 2009. Read more

Painting Contractor Charged With Insurance Fraud, Forgery (CT) – Timothy Washington, an Ansonia painting contractor, was arrested and charged with failing to carry the Workers' Compensation insurance coverage required by law and a related count of Forgery. Read more

Ritzville Man Pleads Guilty to Fraud, Ordered to Repay $47,487 (WA) – Ronald E. Newton of Ritzville pleaded guilty to possession of stolen property in connection with illegally collecting workers’ compensation benefits while collecting wages from a nursing home managed by his wife. He was injured in 2004 while working as a truck driver for a Spokane trucking company. Read more

Transient Paving Company Operator Charged With Failure to Secure Workers’ Comp Coverage (CA) – George Stanley, a “transient” paving company operator, pleaded guilty in San Joaquin County Superior Court to three charges that he duped unsuspecting consumers into paying for defective work. Stanley also faced multiple charges in Yuba County, including for failure to secure workers’ compensation insurance. Read more

Anderson Woman Allegedly Claimed Disability and Workers’ Comp After Staged Robbery (CA) – Miranda Lorraine Pruitt has pleaded not guilty to a charge of insurance fraud for allegedly helping stage a robbery at a gas station-convenience store and receiving $3,360 in disability and workers’ compensation benefits after claiming the robbery made her a nervous wreck. Read more