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Tattoos have been around for a long time and don’t seem to be diminishing in popularity. Seen by many as a unique art form, tattoo parlors are abundant and ready to ink a favorite image on a designated body part of your choosing. In a story reported on WFMJ.com, a former Columbiana man decided to start up a small tattoo parlor – which is admirable during trying economic times – but unfortunately, he was still collecting disability benefits for a workplace injury, while running the lucrative business in another state.

The story details that the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Special Investigations Department received a tip from the fraud hotline that the business owner was engaging in physical activity that was contradictory to his complaints to doctors regarding his workers’ compensation claim. (Evidently, he wasn’t supposed to be doing tedious work with a very small, sharp instrument.) The warning led investigators to search social media sites, conduct undercover operations and obtain bank records that showed the fraudster owned and operated a tattoo shop near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The investigation determined that the man collected disability benefits, while managing the business and marketing operations and tattooing a few customers on the side.

The fraudster pleaded guilty to one count of workers’ compensation fraud and one count of theft. He was ordered to pay back more than $4,500 to the Ohio Industrial Commission and a $100 fine.

With age, tattoos can lose their appeal. What seemed like a good idea at the time can turn into regret. Lucky for the inked, most tattoos can be removed or covered by a new one. But, with fraud, such as this case, a criminal record is permanent and it will stay with him for the rest of his life.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”Columbiana Man Sentenced for Workers Comp Fraud,” published on WFMJ.com on August 27, 2013.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A former Columbiana man has been sentenced for running a tattoo shop in Pennsylvania while receiving benefits from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation following a workplace injury.

Randy Bartosh pleaded guilty in Franklin County Court after repaying more than $4,500.

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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.