Hiding Behind a Lie

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You can hide behind a lie for a while, but you can’t hide from the truth forever. An Ohio man with a long arrest record tried to hide behind another man’s identity for nearly three years, but he was eventually caught lying to his physician and was arrested for receiving workers’ compensation benefits he did not deserve.

The 51-year-old man lied to his doctor and used a fake Social Security number and alias of another man to collect unearned injured workers’ compensation benefits. The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Special Investigations Unit (SID) didn’t take kindly to the scam, so they finally tracked down the man who was wanted by police for numerous local arrest warrants issued against his real name. (In fact, this was his ninth arrest. Most of the other arrests involved drug and alcohol or traffic offenses.)

The fraudster pleaded guilty to one count of worker’s compensation fraud. He was sentenced to six months of community control or one year in jail if he violates probation. (The judge gave him credit for 41 days already served.)

The man who had been hiding from the law under a false identity for more than a year, was finally caught. Congratulations to the BWC SID for making Ohio workplaces safer by preventing this criminal from diverting funds needed to support workers who are legitimately injured.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, ”Fugitive With Double Identity Convicted of Workers’ Comp Fraud,” posted on WorkersCompensation.com on August 30, 2016.

Columbus, OH. (WorkersCompensation.com) – A Toledo man with a long arrest record was convicted of workers’ compensation fraud last week after investigators discovered he had lied to his physician and used a fake identity to collect injured workers’ benefits.

David Abitua, 51, pleaded guilty Aug. 18 in Franklin County Common Pleas Court to one count of workers’ compensation fraud, a fifth-degree felony. He was arrested July 19, more than a year after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

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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.