March 18, 2018

Out Front Ideas Webinar: Workforce Well-Being: Bridging Health and Productivity

St. Louis, MO – Out Front Ideas with Kimberly and Mark has announced its next complimentary webinar, noting that workforce wellbeing is critically important to human resources and risk management because it affects both the top- and bottom-line performance of an organization. Because of this, wellbeing programs that focus equally on employees’ personal health and professional productivity needs are becoming essential to help attract and retain talent. The webinar will feature experts in the areas…[Continue Reading]

Owner of CA Temp Labor Co. Convicted of Felony Workers’ Comp Insurance Premium Fraud

Modesto, CA – Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager recently announced that Aileen Ramirez, age 31, of Denair, has been convicted of felony workers’ compensation insurance premium fraud. This conviction resulted from a joint investigation by the California Department of Insurance, Fraud Division and the Amador County Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit, which investigates and prosecutes insurance fraud cases in Amador, Stanislaus, Calaveras, and Tuolumne Counties through…[Continue Reading]

NY Construction Worker Sentenced to Up to Four Years in Prison for Theft of Workers’ Comp Benefits

Albany, NY – New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott recently announced the sentencing to prison of a capital region construction worker who falsely testified about his employment status and stole more than $5,000 in Workers’ Compensation benefits to which he was not entitled. William C. Svida, 56, of Route 66, Chatham, a predicate felon, was sentenced Thursday by Columbia County Court Judge Hon. Jonathan Nichols to 2-to-4 years in state prison for the crimes of Grand…[Continue Reading]

Ohio BWC Expands Grant Program for Firefighter Safety

Columbus, OH – Due to heavy demand, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is more than doubling its funding for a new grant program aimed at protecting firefighters from carcinogens and other toxins that cause long-term health ailments. Visiting a fire station in Westerville ahead of Governor John Kasich’s recent State of the State address, BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison said her agency had originally allotted $2 million this year for its Firefighter…[Continue Reading]

FL Man Pleads Guilty to Evading Workers’ Compensation, Payroll Taxes, Harboring Undocumented Aliens

Gainesville, FL – Mac Johnson, 50, of Newberry, Florida, recently pled guilty afternoon to tax fraud, wire fraud, structuring financial transactions to evade reporting requirements, and harboring undocumented aliens. The guilty plea was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Johnson, who owns roofing, tree service, and dumpster businesses, devised a scheme to conceal the amount of wages earned by his undocumented alien employees…[Continue Reading]

NY Man Sentenced for Stealing Deceased Woman’s Workers’ Comp Benefits

Buffalo, NY – New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott announced the sentencing of a City of Buffalo man responsible for stealing more than $3,500 in Workers’ Compensation benefits meant for the woman he previously lived with and cared for but who had actually passed away two years earlier. Michael Barton, 58, of Ada Place, Buffalo, was sentenced in Buffalo City Court Monday afternoon to three years of probation for his prior guilty plea to Petit Larceny. At the court appearance, Barton…[Continue Reading]

NY Man Sentenced for Nearly $10k in Workers’ Comp Fraud

Buffalo, NY – New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott recently announced the sentencing of a City of Buffalo man who defrauded the Workers’ Compensation system of nearly $10,000 in benefits to which he was not entitled because he had returned to work but continued collecting benefits as if he was not employed. Arnold Fassbinder, 55, of Royal Avenue, Buffalo, was sentenced in Erie County Court to a three-year conditional discharge, including the condition he repay the entire amount he stole…[Continue Reading]

$1 Million Workers’ Comp Scam Leads to the Arrest of FL Roofing Company Owners

Miami, FL – Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis recently announced the recent arrest of Jose Esmelin Martinez and Uzziel Isaias Jaramillo, owners of Esmelin Corporation aka as Esmelin Roofing Contractor (ERC). Martinez and Jaramillo allegedly concealed nearly $1.2 million in payroll on their workers’ compensation policy renewal application in an alleged attempt to illegally lower their premium costs. “Florida will not be the state where criminals come to defraud the workers’ compensation system…[Continue Reading]

KY Gov. Bevin Announces Launch of Site to Connect Kentuckians to Opioid Abuse Treatment Centers

Frankfort, KY – Gov. Matt Bevin recently announced a new tool in Kentucky’s fight against the opioid epidemic. allows users to search in real-time for a local substance use disorder (SUD) treatment center and will be promoted as part of the Governor’s ‘Don’t Let Them Die’ campaign, which seeks to bring awareness to the opioid crisis. “Kentucky is stepping up, ready to lead the nation as we address the opioid problem that plagues so many,” said Gov. Bevin. “We must all work together to solve this…[Continue Reading]

Central Ohio Man Convicted of Work Comp Fraud

Columbus, OH – A Lancaster man must pay the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation nearly $7,000 in restitution after recently pleading guilty to workers’ compensation fraud for a scheme that could land his girlfriend in court as well. Charles Malone, 43, worked for a heating and air conditioning company for six months in 2016 while simultaneously collecting injured worker benefits from BWC. To hide his employment, he duped his employer into issuing his paychecks to his girlfriend in her name. “He gave his employer…[Continue Reading]

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