That’s Quite A Rap

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When the filming of a movie or television show is finished, producers commonly say, “That’s a wrap,” meaning everyone can go home because their work is finished for the day. As prosecutors were wrapping up the conviction of a Bellefontaine, Ohio man on charges for various and sundry crimes, his extensive rap sheet also revealed that he committed workers compensation fraud.

Today’s fraudster had a long rap sheet. He was ultimately convicted on charges related to breaking and entering, gross sexual imposition, burglary and other charges. As if that were not enough, the Bellefontaine man was also guilty of workers compensation fraud because he was secretly working while collecting disability benefits. (It’s not good to keep secrets from government institutions that give you free money.)

The Columbus, Ohio-area man popped up on the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) radar screen after an anonymous tip was made asserting that today’s fraudster was working on a horse farm while collecting disability benefits from his former employer, Rent-A-Center. (One would think that working on a horse farm would be quite strenuous and not conducive for disabled individuals. Do you get where I’m trotting off to here?) It wasn’t long before BWCinvestigators confirmed the tip.

As I mentioned earlier, workers compensation fraud was not the only conviction for the Ohio man. In addition to being ordered to pay nearly $6,400 in restitution to Rent-A-Center and the Ohio BWC, the 32-year-old was also sentenced to six years in prison on five counts of gross sexual imposition, two counts of workers compensation fraud, two counts of failure to appear in court and single counts of receiving stolen property, theft, breaking and entering and criminal damaging. (It looks like prosecutors successfully piled on the punishment for this man’s crimes. It will take him some time – six years to be exact – to dig out from all of the horse poo he is now under.)

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Ohio Man Sentenced for Workers’ Comp Fraud,” posted on WorkCompWire.com on March 25, 2019.  

Columbus, OH – On the day he was sentenced to prison for breaking and entering, gross sexual imposition, burglary and other charges, a Bellefontaine man was also ordered to pay nearly $6,400 in restitution to his employer and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) for collecting disability benefits while secretly working another job.

Joseph A. Wilson, 32, was sentenced to six years in prison March 8 on multiple charges, including reduced charges related to workers’ compensation fraud — petty theft, a first-degree misdemeanor, and failure to appear in court, a fourth-degree felony. A judge in the Logan County Court of Common Pleas ordered Wilson to reimburse his employer (Rent-A-Center) $2,904 and pay BWC $3,469 for the cost of its investigation.

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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.