No Benefit to Fraud

High Angle View Of A Person With Fractured Hand Filling Health Insurance Form

If there’s only one thing to take away from Fraud of the Day blogs, it’s that criminals usually get caught in the end. (But fraudsters usually don’t think about the consequences of their actions until it’s too late.) People like Thomas Tomson of Newark, Ohio learned this lesson the hard way.

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) opened an investigation upon receiving intelligence that suggested Thomson owned and operated a business called Bulldog Services while receiving permanent disability benefits. (It sounds like he wasn’t permanently disabled after all.)

Bulldog Services was eventually sold and renamed Kirk’s Business. Tomson continued to work at Kirk’s Business. Bulldog Services and Kirk’s Business provided the exact same services as T.H.E. Contracting, which was the company Tomson listed as his employer of record on his workers compensation claims. (This fraudster probably thought he could hide behind multiple entities and throw investigators off his trail.)

Investigators were not fazed by Tomson and after a three-day trial, Tomson was found guilty of two felony counts of worker’s compensation fraud. On April 11, he was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution to the BWC. (Let’s hope this fraudster learned his lesson: there is no benefit to committing fraud.)

Today’s Fraud of the Day comes from the NBC 4 article, “Licking County man sentenced, ordered to pay $100,000 for workers’ compensation fraud,” published on April 22, 2022.

NEWARK – A Licking County man was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay a $100,000 restitution fine to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation after owning and operating a business while receiving disability benefits.

Thomas Tomson was sentenced to two years probation on April 11 after a jury found him guilty of two felony counts of workers’ compensation fraud for receiving income from his business Bulldog Services while earning permanent disability benefits, according to a news release from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

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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.