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 - May 26, 2011
Lawn Service Workers Arrested For Using Stolen Social Security Numbers (FL) - Three employees of Top Cut Lawn Service, Wilmer Antonio Reyes, Victor M. Hernandez, and Arturo Arce, have been charged with workers' compensation fraud. They are alleged to have used stolen Social Security numbers to fraudulently obtain employment. Read more
Tree Trimmer Convicted Of Third License Violation (CA) - Candido Martinez Villarreal, who was offering to perform tree-related services, has been convicted for the third time of offering contractor services without possessing a state license. The Contractors State License Board pointed out that unlicensed operators almost never carry workers' compensation insurance. Read more
Husband and Wife Arrested For Wrongfully Obtaining Government Food Assistance (MN) - Kile Colin Duffy and Alicia Duffy have been charged with wrongfully obtaining assistance by failing to disclose a workers' compensation settlement. They failed to report the $37,000 settlement, and instead stated on their application for food assistance that no household member had been injured in the previous 72 months. Read more
Roofing Company Owner and Foreman Sentenced To Jail For Employee's Fall and Death (CA) - Sam Hyung Goo Shim, the owner of California C&R Inc., and his site foreman, Jwa Young Kim, have each been convicted of willful violation of worker safety codes causing death, and Shim has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter, workers' compensation premium fraud, and tax evasion, in the death of roofer Antonio Martinez, who fell 38 feet from the roof of a four-story apartment building. The defendants failed to provide safety equipment for Martinez, and Shim failed to include Martinez's wages in the company's payroll reports to its workers' compensation insurance carrier. Read more
Two Doctors Arrested On Charges of Fraud (CA) - Dr. Sim Carlisle Hoffman, M.D., a radiologist, Dr. Thomas Heric, M.D., and Louis Santillan have been arrested on charges of insurance and workers' compensation fraud. The defendants worked at the Advanced Professional Imaging and Better Sleeping Medical Center, Inc., where they performed, interpreted, and analyzed diagnostic tests of patients and submitted medical reports from those tests. Read more
Business Owner Indicted For Failing To Set Up Payment Plan To Maintain Workers' Compensation Coverage (OH) - Alan Johnson, the owner of two businesses, J-Way Leasing and Leisure Time Products & Design, has been charged with multiple counts of workers' compensation fraud for allowing his workers' compensation coverage for the businesses to lapse. Johnson failed to set up a payment plan with the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation for coverage, and three claims were filed by employees of J-Way Leasing while the coverage had lapsed. Read more
Owners Of Framing Contractor For University Dormitories Arrested For Failing To Report Payroll For Workers' Compensation (CA) - Valery Alena Thompson, the President and CEO for Russell/Thompson, Inc., and her husband, Earl James Thompson, the manager of the firm, have been charged with one count each of violating the California Insurance Code by failing to report over $900,000 of wages to the State Compensation Insurance Fund. Russell/Thompson, Inc. was a second tier framing subcontractor hired to construct dormitories at the University of California, Davis. Read more
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