May 14, 2018

CA Security Company Busted for $3.2 Million Workers’ Comp Premium Fraud

San Jose, CA – Security Code 3, Inc. owner Troy Carson, 55, of San Jose was arrested by Department of Insurance detectives for allegedly underreporting payroll by more than $12 million in an attempt to secure a lower workers’ compensation rate under false pretenses and cheating his insurer out of more than $3.2 million. Victoria Cruz, 46, Lanette Wiegand, 46, both from San Jose and Jaime Lugo, of La Crescenta also face charges in connection with the fraud scheme. In total, the quartet is…[Continue Reading]

Texas Mutual Awards $1M in Annual Safety Education Grants to 10 Texas Colleges

Austin, TX – Texas Mutual Insurance Company recently announced that it is awarding $1 million in grants to 10 colleges across Texas to fund workplace safety courses for employers, workers and the general public. Since 1999, Texas Mutual—the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance—has awarded $6.6 million in safety education grants, and more than 30,000 students have attended free safety institutes offered at various colleges. These grants support risk management…[Continue Reading]

Ohio BWC Gets 11 Workers’ Comp Fraud Convictions in April

Columbus, OH – An Ohio truck driver who worked for more than two years while collecting disability benefits could be ordered to pay more than $78,000 in restitution at his sentencing for workers’ compensation fraud June 14. Walter Lee, of Frazeysburg in Muskingum County, pleaded guilty to the fifth-degree felony April 25 in Franklin County Common Pleas Court. The judge ordered a pre-sentence investigation due to the large amount of restitution – $78,321 – owed to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation…[Continue Reading]

Injured Worker Discovers New Passion While Recovering With Help of Transition2Work

Tampa, FL – When an employee is injured on the job, the process of recovering and returning back to work can often be a trying and confusing time. They can feel disconnected from their employer and develop a sense of isolation. That’s why return-to-work programs, such as ReEmployAbility’s Transition2Work, are so beneficial. Transition2Work places injured employees at local nonprofit organizations across the nation to perform light duty work when their pre-injury employer cannot accommodate…[Continue Reading]

CA CHSWC Announces Safe Jobs for Youth Month, May 2018

Oakland, CA – The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) recently announced Safe Jobs for Youth Month. Every May, statewide organizations and government agencies participate in and support a public awareness information campaign consisting of fun and engaging learning activities about safety for working teenagers. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, young workers (ages 16 to 19) in California experienced over 2,700 work related injuries in…[Continue Reading]

CompPharma President Joe Paduda to Testify before U.S. House Subcommittee on Opioids

Washington, DC – Joe Paduda, president of CompPharma, LLC, will testify before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections hearing about opioids. “The Opioid Epidemic: Implications for the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act” hearing starts at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 8. “Unfortunately, when it comes to dealing with the opioid crisis, FECA is five or six years behind the rest of the workers’ compensation industry,” Paduda said. He will highlight…[Continue Reading]

Washington’s Fallen Workers to be Honored at L&I Memorial Ceremony

Tumwater, WA – More than 60 fallen Washington workers will be remembered by their families and friends and honored by the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) at memorial ceremony in Tumwater today. Though the number of annual work-related fatalities has declined in recent years, there are still far too many each year. Nearly all are preventable. The Worker Memorial Day ceremony will recognize the 65 work-related deaths in our state last year. Governor Jay Inslee is scheduled to speak…[Continue Reading]

DEA Aims for Record Removal of Unused Pills through National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Washington, DC – After collecting more than 9 million pounds (4,500 tons) of expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications at 14 previous events over the past 7 years, the Drug Enforcement Administration and its national, tribal, and community partners will hold the 15th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day across the country on Saturday, April 28th. The service is free and anonymous. This weekend more than 5,600 collection sites manned by almost 4,500 partner law enforcement agencies…[Continue Reading]

For Ohio Man, There’s Just Something About Workers’ Comp Fraud

Columbus, OH – Kenneth L. Gilmore doesn’t give up easily, even if the price means prison, probation and steep financial penalties. After three previous convictions for crimes against the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, the 54-year-old Cleveland man found himself in court again on April 2, where he pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud and other felonies in connection with deceiving hospitals to obtain prescription painkillers. “Mr. Gilmore filed a legitimate injury claim with…[Continue Reading]

Former CA Caregiver Pleads Guilty to Workers’ Comp and Welfare Fraud

Monterey, CA – Monterey County District Attorney Dean D. Flippo recently announced that Elizabeth Hernandez, a Salinas resident and former caregiver with ResCare HomeCare, pled guilty on April 4, 2018 to insurance fraud and welfare fraud, both felonies. She will be sentenced on June 27, 2018. In July 2016, the District Attorney received an investigative lead from the workers’ compensation insurer for Ms. Hernandez’s employer – ResCare HomeCare. According to the referral, Ms. Hernandez sustained…[Continue Reading]

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