Tuesday, November 29, 2022

The Feel of Cold, Hard Cash

Can you imagine what it feels like to cash $3.3 million in checks? Argyrios “Eric” Mavros, 57, knows what that feels like. And he knows what if feels like to plead guilty to tax fraud and workers compensation fraud. (That’s probably not a feeling...

When It Rains, It Pours

In Fayetteville, Ark., Amanda Dawn Rains, 39, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, health care fraud, fraud to obtain federal employees’ compensation, and illegal remunerations (paying kickbacks). (When fraud rains, it pours.) The former billing director for a...

Side Hustle

Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) workers have tough jobs. They must repetitively handle heavy bags and luggage for many hours each day, which can make it difficult to use proper lifting techniques. It’s no surprise that TSA workers have lots of problems with neck, back,...

A Scheme Too Good to Be True

A Lake Charles, La., surgeon used his professional status to defraud the government and private insurance companies. Robert Dale Bernauer, 74, has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, health care fraud, fraud to obtain federal employees’ compensation,...

False Economy

Being thrifty is a good thing; being so cheap you cheat your employees and scheme to avoid spending on insurance premiums is not. For about three years, Man Tat Szeto, the owner of MT Szeto Construction in California, underreported employees and injuries to avoid...

Tarnished Golden Rule

With Southern California home to some of the nation’s priciest real estate, it seems that construction companies could make a handsome profit without stooping to fraud. But evidently a Simi Valley contractor wanted lower workers compensation insurance premiums—so he just defrauded the State Compensation...

An Integrated Approach to Fraud

A California Chiropractor and owner of R.I.S.E Medical Center (RISE Wellness) told patients that his company, which operated in Bonita and Oceanside, offered an “integrated” approach to wellness, which included a host of services such as physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, and diagnostic services. What...

Poorly Constructed Fraud Gets Razed

Gregorio Jose Fuentes-Zelaya and Dennis Alexander Barahona of Jacksonville, Fla., concocted a scheme that included payroll tax evasion and workers’ compensation fraud. They established phony shell construction companies and obtained workers’ compensation insurance policies for a few fake employees. They then “rented” the insurance to...

That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles

Former U.S. Postal Service employee Christine O’Neill, of Johnson City, N.Y., has been sentenced for committing workers compensation fraud. She will serve three years on probation for profiting from baking cookies and cakes, while also receiving federal workers compensation payments. O’Neill ran her own baking...

Inadequate Coverage

Workers compensation insurance keeps employees safe. It protects workers who are injured on-the-job by providing basic benefits like medical care, temporary or permanent disability benefits, supplements, and death benefits. Workers compensation insurance also reduces an employer’s risk of being sued by employees. (It’s really...
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