A Hole Full of Trouble

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Criminals almost always mess up at some point during their attempt to defraud their victims. A press release posted by the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation provides a link to a security video showing a Cleveland man faking an injury in order to file a bogus workers compensation claim. (Note to self – check for security cameras before carrying out fraudulent mission.)

The story states that the worker claimed he suffered multiple injuries after falling through the wooden floor of the factory where he worked. Luckily, the employer had video footage of the man removing a sheet of plywood from the floor in his workstation and stomping a hole in the ground. (That hole got him into a whole lot of trouble.) The security camera video showed the fraudster moving some equipment into his work area, then stepping into the hole, lying down and calling for help.

The employer became suspicious after the man submitted a workers’ compensation claim citing multiple injuries. After opening an investigation and reviewing the employers security camera footage, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation determined that the injuries never occurred and the claim was false.

The 58-year-old man pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 180 days in jail. The sentence was suspended and he will only serve one year on probation plus 80 hours of community service. He was lucky he was able to dig himself out of this particular hole. (It would have been a lot harder if he had tried to do it while in prison. Those walls are really thick.) Let’s hope he has learned his lesson and will not fall into any more bad behavior patterns.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on a press release titled, ”Cleveland Man Fakes Workplace Injury, Employer Discovers It on Security Video,” published by the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation on October 10, 2014.

COLUMBUS – A Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) man was placed on probation for a year and ordered to perform 80 hours of community service for filing a false workers’ compensation claim against his employer. Glenn Jones pleaded guilty and was sentenced Sept. 30 in Cleveland Municipal Court on one count of workers’ compensation fraud, a first-degree misdemeanor.

The employer’s security video reveals that Mr. Jones stomped a hole in a wooden floor the night before he said he was injured and on the following day, lowered his foot into the floor and laid down on the platform.

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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.