August 21, 2017

Ohio BWC Fraud Investigators Get Seven Convictions in July

Columbus, OH – The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation secured seven convictions in July of employers and injured workers who attempted to cheat the agency. The cases raise the year’s total convictions for BWC’s special investigations department (SID) to 90. “Workers’ compensation fraud raises the cost of the system for everyone involved,” said SID Director Jim Wernecke. “I hope these latest convictions serve as a reminder to those attempting to steal from BWC: We have investigators all over the state…[Continue Reading]

MS Woman Arrested for Submitting False Workers’ Comp Claim

Jackson, MS – Attorney General Jim Hood recently announced the arrest of a woman who submitted a false insurance claim for workers’ compensation benefits. Letticia Valerie White, 39, of Brookhaven, was arrested in Hazlehurst Tuesday by Investigator Michael Stevens with the Attorney General’s Insurance Integrity Enforcement Bureau. White was charged with one count false pretense after being indicted by the Claiborne County Grand Jury for failing to disclose a knee injury and treatment, which occurred…[Continue Reading]

Chesapeake Employers Insurance Introduces “Safe Returns” Dividend Plan

Towson, MD – Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company, Maryland’s largest writer of workers’ compensation insurance, recently introduced its “Safe Returns” Dividend Plan. The plan rewards policyholders who prevent workplace accidents, keep workers safe, and losses low. Eligible policyholders could receive up to 25 percent of their premium in the form of a dividend. “When an insured is demonstrably and successfully invested in maintaining a safe workplace, everybody benefits,” says Kama Kolbe…[Continue Reading]

NY Orthopedic Surgeon Charged with Ongoing Scheme to Defraud Workers’ Comp System

Albany, NY – New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott and Oneida County District Attorney Scott D. McNamara recently announced the arrest of a central New York orthopedic surgeon on charges he ran an ongoing scheme to defraud the Workers’ Compensation system. The charges, which allege multiple fraudulent billings, were filed concurrently to the execution of a search warrant at the physician’s Utica offices as part of the ongoing investigation into Shankman’s activities…[Continue Reading]

CopperPoint to Hold Tucson Safety Expo for Businesses

Tucson, AZ – CopperPoint Insurance Companies recently announced that it will hold its signature safety education event, Safety Works, at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona, on Wednesday, August 23, 2017. Safety Works 2017 Expo is a one-day symposium of educational seminars for employers, HR professionals, safety directors and employees. Seminars cover a broad array of topics in the safety, business practices and human resources fields. Highlights of this year’s Expo include classes on practical…[Continue Reading]

NY Man was Kayaking in Carribbean while Claiming Inability to Work due to Injury

Albany, NY – New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott recently announced the arrest of a Central New York Psychiatric Center employee on charges he defrauded Workers’ Compensation and falsified documents to obtain additional time off and claim benefits while actually kayaking on a Caribbean vacation or working in California with his girlfriend. He was also charged with abusing a patient at the facility. Ryan P. Haley, 30, of Rome, New York, a Security Hospital Treatment Assistant at the…[Continue Reading]

Ohio Cleaning Company Owner Soils Record in Workers’ Comp Scheme

A northwest Ohio woman with lapsed workers’ compensation coverage pleaded guilty last month to felony charges of tampering with records after investigators found she obtained new coverage under her employees’ names to avoid paying her debt to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). Donna Roethlisberger, owner of Complete Cleaning of Northwest Ohio, pleaded guilty to two third-degree felony counts of tampering on July 20 in the Putnam County Court of Common Pleas. Third-degree felonies carry…[Continue Reading]

National Safety Council: 43% of Americans Admit They May Be Too Tired To Function Safely At Work

Itasca, IL – According to a new National Safety Council survey-based report, 43 percent of Americans say they do not get enough sleep to mitigate critical risks that can jeopardize safety at work and on the roads, including the ability to think clearly, make informed decisions and be productive. Eighty-one percent of the probability-based survey respondents have jobs that are at high risk for fatigue – positions that require sustained attention or are physically or cognitively demanding, such as driving a vehicle or…[Continue Reading]

Ohio Woman Commits Fraud Seeking Medical Benefits through Workers’ Comp

Columbus, OH – A Columbus woman pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud last week after filing three false claims for medical benefits since 2012. Shardette Nyarko, 36, pleaded guilty to a first-degree misdemeanor charge of workers’ compensation fraud in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. A judge fined her $100, then suspended, then suspended the fine. Investigators with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation discovered Nyarko’s false claims last year while conducting…[Continue Reading]

Accident Fund Insurance Co Presents WorkSafe Award to Baily International Foods

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Lansing, MI – Accident Fund Insurance Company of America recently presented a 2017 WorkSafe Award to the management and employees of Baily International Foods of Granite City, Ill. Accident Fund presents the award throughout the U.S. to companies who demonstrate a commitment to workplace safety excellence. “Baily International Foods has…[Continue Reading]

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