Making Stuff Up


There are a bunch of ways that people can commit workers’ compensation. Workers can fake an injury, claim an injury occurred on-the-job when it occurred somewhere else, or receive wages from another job while claiming they were unable to return to work. Our fraudster profiled today decided to fake employment in order to increase his workers’ compensation benefits.

A Columbus, Ohio man gained the interest of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) after learning he had filed a suspicious wage earning statement needed to calculate the amount of injured workers’ benefits he could receive. The Special Investigations Department (SID) took a look into the matter and determined that the man had never worked for the trucking company that he listed as his employer on the 1099. (Did he really think that no one would cross-check his claim?)

The deceptive man pleaded guilty to one count of workers’ compensation fraud and one count of theft. An interesting tidbit about this case is that he pleaded guilty after the case had been delayed for two years while he was serving time in a Pennsylvania prison for violating his probation in an unrelated criminal matter. (Sometimes, it’s hard to make this stuff up.)

The fraudster was ordered to pay restitution of $12,861 to the Ohio BWC. While he was sentenced to 180 days in jail on each count, his jail sentence was suspended. He will serve two years of community control.

It’s always entertaining to see the lengths a criminal will go to steal government benefits. (I suppose he thought he’d fake it to make it.) Congratulations to the Ohio BWC for stopping this man from falsifying his wages in order to pocket government benefits he did not deserve.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, ”Pennsylvania Prison Stay Delays Work Comp Cheat’s Ohio Conviction,” posted on on January 15, 2017.

Columbus, OH – A Columbus man recently pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud after his case was delayed for two years because he was in a Pennsylvania prison for violating his probation in a separate and unrelated criminal matter.

Tony R. Harn pleaded guilty Jan. 9 to one count of workers’ compensation fraud and one count of theft, both misdemeanors of the first degree, in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. A judge ordered Harn to pay $12,861 in restitution to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) and sentenced him to 180 days in jail on each count. The judge then suspended the jail sentence and placed Harn on two years of community control.

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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.