Hamburger with a Side of Fraud, Please

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Some things logically come with a side, such as eggs and bacon; soup and salad; or fish and chips. An article published by the Aurora Advocate tells about a man who received a paycheck while employed at a diner plus workers’ compensation benefits on the side. (I’ll take a hamburger with a side of fries and fraud, please.)

According to the story, an anonymous tip alerted the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) to the man’s alleged illegal collection of workers’ compensation benefits. (Maybe a co-worker was jealous because he received better tips. Who knows?) He received more than $45,000 from the Ohio BWC for a previous workplace injury.

The man was caught by a surveillance camera washing dishes and cooking at a restaurant. (Maybe the camera was hidden behind the hamburger buns.) Investigators reviewed records, interviewed witnesses and after confronting the man, he confessed.

The 51-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of workers’ compensation fraud. The BWC was able to recover $45,162 in illegal benefits paid to the man. He was sentenced to one year on probation as long as he does not commit any further crimes during that time; otherwise he could serve up to six months in prison.

It looks like this workers’ compensation offender got lucky when sentenced. (The court served up probation with a side of compassion, which is certainly better (for him) than a prison sentence any day.)

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”Auroran Guilty of Workers Comp Fraud,” published by the Aurora Advocate on August 19, 2015.

An Aurora man has been sentenced to probation, with the possibility of six months in prison, after pleading guilty to defrauding the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation of more than $45,000.

David J. Robertson, 51, of Moneta Avenue, pleaded guilty to one count of workers’ compensation fraud, a fifth-degree felony, in Franklin County Common Pleas Court on July 22, according to Franklin County court records.

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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.