Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Mistaken Identity

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Man’s claim of mistaken identity fools no one; ordered to pay $22K to BWC” published by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. A Knox County man caught scamming the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) and trying to lie his way out of it was ordered to reimburse the agency $22,578 Tuesday and to pay $1,000 of it within six months or spend six months in jail. “If we’re knocking on your door with a fraud allegation, lying won’t help your case,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison. “We are determined to stop fraud when we find it and to return any ill-gotten resources to their rightful purpose — taking care of injured workers and increasing workplace safety in this state.”

Working the System

Because chiropractors typically emphasize ongoing treatment for neuromusculoskeletal disorders, there are concerns in the workers’ compensation field that patients may not be discharged if long-term relief is not achieved. In some state workers’ compensation systems, chiropractic treatment parameters are often limited because of this....

Testing, Testing, 1-2-3

No one likes medical tests, especially when it involves needles. Perhaps just as stressful would be a test for a sexually transmitted infection (STI). An Ohio doctor has pleaded guilty for her role in a Medicare and Medicaid kickback scheme that involved unnecessary testing...

Fraud Dispenser

In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the U.S. opioid prescribing rate was 58.7 per 100 people. The good news is that number translates into the lowest rate in more than a decade. (The bad news is that more...

Pub Crawl

A pub crawl is an event where participants visit multiple bars in a single night, either on foot or by public transportation. These social outings are sometimes organized so that those who imbibe pay an affordable price no matter the type of beverage consumed....

Misclassified

When filling out official paperwork that is ultimately submitted to a government agency, it’s really important to get the facts straight. (Otherwise, the errors could come back to haunt you.) That’s the case for an Ohio mulch supplier who committed workers’ compensation fraud by...

In a Hurry

A Euclid, Ohio woman was in a hurry to commit workers compensation fraud. She was so busy that she couldn’t fit in time for her physical therapy appointments and consequently, her physical therapy provider noticed. (It’s nice to know that there are reputable medical service providers who...

There’s A Lot to Lose

The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) reports that in 2017, nearly 43 percent of criminal convictions were claimants who were working while collecting workers compensation benefits they were not entitled to receive. This Fraud of the Day article highlights a man who was doing just that. He was working while receiving benefits which is one of the most common ways to commit workers’ compensation fraud.

Making a Dishonest Living

Drywall, a cost-efficient replacement to plaster, has been around since the early 1900s. While it has revolutionized modern construction, it does pose some risks to workers who install the material. A Pataskala, Ohio drywall installer, who reported an on-the-job injury, was recently convicted for...

The Definition of Greed

Fraudsters are the epitome of greed. If you opened a dictionary to the word “greed,” you would find a picture of a Youngstown, Ohio, home healthcare company owner who endangered the life of one of her clients. Her Medicaid fraud scheme left a vulnerable client unattended...
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