Nursing Her Way to Jail

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Nurses are often underappreciated, with society forgetting the training, long hours and stressful situations that come with the territory of the job. In a profession that requires physical, mental and emotional strength, there is no room for error. According to a article, one Ohio nurse slipped up, leading to the downfall of her fraud scheme.

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) found a nurse making a fatal mistake in the practice of fraud. (Let’s pull out the bandages and crutches, folks; it’s a long fall from the top of a fraud scam.) To be eligible for workers’ compensation, one must be unable to perform required tasks at his/her job, as the result of an injury that occurred on the job. While this definition may seem simple, there are many people who both knowingly and unknowingly work at a job, while receiving workers’ compensation benefits. (One might think there is a miscommunication in the definition of eligibility as explained by the BWC – if it weren’t so simple.)For one Ohio nurse, the ”miscommunication” about her eligibility proved to be blatant disregard for the situation, after she admitted to knowingly working as an in-home care nurse while receiving workers’ compensation benefits. But, how did officials discover her fraudulent behavior?

The BWC pulled a report from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, indicating a wage cross match. (Now it get’s interesting. Cue the heart monitor to go blank.)Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”Ohio Nurse Sentenced for Workers’ Comp Fraud,” published by the on March 20, 2013.

Columbus, OH ( – A Howard (Knox County) woman was sentenced for working as a nurse while receiving Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) funds for a prior workplace injury. Carolann Humberston was sentenced March 12 and ordered to repay more than $11,000 she improperly collected from BWC.

“Ms. Humberston continued working as an in-home healthcare provider after her injury, and understood she was doing so in direct conflict with her workers’ comp benefits,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. “Fortunately, she repaid those funds, and now they can be use to assist those who really need them.”

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Larry Benson
Larry Benson is currently the Director of Strategic Alliances for Revenue Discovery and Recovery at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. In this role, Benson is responsible for developing partnerships for the tax and revenue and child support enforcement verticals. He focuses on embedded companies that have a need for third-party analytics to enhance their current offerings.