Janitor with a Dirty Record

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Workers’ compensation insurance helps workers pay medical and living expenses in the event they become injured on the job and can no longer work. (It’s important to note that the injury must be accidental – not intentional – in order to qualify for compensation.) The Missoulian tells the story of a Montanan who was found guilty of trying to intentionally injure himself so that he could collect workers’ compensation benefits he did not deserve.

The story explains that the man, who was a janitor, persuaded two co-workers to assist with his self-injury scheme. The conspirators placed a 200-pound floor buffer on the conniving custodian’s chest and rocked it back and forth in an attempt to leave visible injuries. When the buffer failed to cause a noteworthy injury, one of the co-workers punched the janitor in his arm and leg in order to create bruising. (I guess that is better than actually turning on the buffer. Just the thought of that idea hurts.)

Evidently, the injuries were severe enough to award the janitor with $64,000 in workers’ compensation benefits over four years. Apparently, after a week-long trial, jurors saw through this janitor’s dirty claims and found the fraudster guilty. (It would have been interesting to hear how the buffer got away from the janitor and caused his injuries. Perhaps he never thought to unplug it from the wall?)He is currently awaiting sentencing.

The two co-workers pleaded guilty to accountability to theft of workers’ compensation benefits and testified against the janitor at his trial. (Between helping the janitor injure himself and later helping the prosecution, these co-workers seem to be naturally inclined to lend a hand. I wonder if the janitor agreed to compensate the two for their assistance in the crime.)

Just as a floor buffer is used to clean and maintain floors, the justice system is used to maintain law and order so that criminals cannot prosper. It looks like the Montana Attorney General’s Office did a good job cleaning up after this fraudster’s scheme to defraud taxpayers failed.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”Missoula man who let co-workers put buffer on chest convicted of work-comp theft,” written by Angela Brandt and published by The Missoulan on December 15, 2015.

HELENA – A jury in Helena has found a former janitor guilty of workers’ compensation fraud for faking a workplace injury with a floor buffer.

After a weeklong trial in Lewis and Clark County District Court, jurors found Matthew Ryan Ailer guilty of a felony theft charge Friday. Ailer was accused of stealing more than $64,000 in workers’ compensation benefits from the Montana State Fund over four years.

Ailer, of Missoula, previously pleaded not guilty to one felony charge of theft by common scheme.

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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.