Double Dipping Dilemma

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Just as double dipping is considered bad manners when at a party or in a restaurant, it’s also a bad idea to collect workers’ compensation benefits while working another job. A Boardman Township, Ohio woman got caught in a double dipping dilemma that ended in a workers’ compensation fraud scam. (And, we’re not talking chips and dip here.)

The Boardman Township woman suffered an on-the-job injury in 2010 and qualified for workers’ compensation benefits. Seven years later, she needed more surgery as a result of that injury. Fortunately, her employer (not the one where she was originally injured) granted time off plus wage benefits. She returned to work at the local Steak ‘n Shake post-surgery, but neglected to inform the Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC). (She thought she could easily pocket the extra cash and no one would know about it.)

Over seven months, the Steak ‘n Shake manager flipped burgers, tossed fries and made milk shakes, all the while double dipping and earning $18,000 in undeserved workers’ compensation benefits. (This went on for about seven months before the BWC became suspicious.)

The 54-year-old fraudster pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree felony count of workers’ compensation fraud and was sentenced to five years of probation. She must also pay back $18,239 in restitution. (She may have to double or triple dip to pay back that amount. That’s ok as long as she’s not collecting undeserved wages from the BWC.)

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Restaurant Manager Admits Double Dipping,” posted on WorkCompCentral.com on April 26, 2019.  

A Youngstown restaurant manager pleaded guilty this week to workers’ compensation fraud after she was found to be working while collecting benefits, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation announced.

Kristin Stuhldreher, 54, was injured in 2010, then needed further surgery in 2017. She received time off of work and wage benefits, then return to work at Steak ‘n Shake but did not inform the BWC. She must now pay $18,239 in restitution and serve five years of probation, the bureau said.

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Larry Benson, Senior Director of Strategic Alliances, LexisNexis Risk Solutions - Government

Larry Benson is responsible for developing strategic partnerships and solutions for the government vertical. His expertise focuses on how government programs are defrauded by criminal groups, and the approaches necessary to prevent them from succeeding.

Mr. Benson has 30 years of experience in sales and business development. Before joining LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, he spent 12 years founding and managing two software technology startups. During the 1990s he spent 10 years as a Regional Director helping to grow a New England-based technology company from 300 employees to 7,000. He started his career with Martin Marietta Aerospace working on laser guided weapons and day/night vision systems.

A sought-after speaker and accomplished writer, Mr. Benson is the principal author of “Fraud of the Day,” a website dedicated to educating government officials about how criminals are defrauding government programs. He has co-authored WTF? Where’s the Fraud? How to Unmask and Stop Identity Fraud’s Drain on Our Government, and Data Personified, How Fraud is Changing the Meaning of Identity.

Benson holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Albright College, and earned two graduate degrees – a Master of Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Engineering from Lehigh University.