Columbus pest control business owner guilty of workers’ comp fraud

David Wallace of Columbus (Franklin County) appeared in court this week and was ordered to repay the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) $10,000 in restitution for running a pest control company while receiving benefits for a workplace injury. BWC’s Special Investigations Department initiated an investigation after receiving an allegation that Wallace was running a … Continue reading Columbus pest control business owner guilty of workers’ comp fraud

A forged relationship: The victimization of a claimant

By Jeff Baker, Program Administrator, BWC Special Investigations Department In a September 23, 2011 blog, “Dishonored memories: Deceased claimants with dishonest relatives,” we described how dishonest relatives may express their grief over the death of a loved one quite differently than law-abiding citizens. We noted that criminals may choose to dishonor the memory of deceased … Continue reading A forged relationship: The victimization of a claimant

Cincinnati home health aide repays $12K for workers’ comp fraud

A Cincinnati (Hamilton County) woman has repaid more than $12,000 in workers’ comp benefits she received fraudulently. Talesha Sherman was sentenced in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas on Feb. 11. The BWC Special Investigations Department began investigating after identifying that Sherman may have been earning wages while simultaneously collecting disability for a workplace … Continue reading Cincinnati home health aide repays $12K for workers’ comp fraud

The value of tracking safety in the workplace

By Samson Agboola, Research Administrator 1 The face of today’s workplace is rapidly changing. These changes present employers and occupational safety professionals alike with opportunities to align safety programs with current needs of the workplace. An example is the significant influx of young workers into the workplace. This shift is reflected in the changing workforce … Continue reading The value of tracking safety in the workplace

Cleveland man repays $42K, pleads guilty to workers’ comp fraud

A Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) man repaid more than $42,000 to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) before entering a guilty plea to workers’ compensation fraud earlier this month. BWC’s Special Investigations Department (SID) opened an investigation into David Milcinovic after a cross-match with Ohio Department of Job and Family Services indicated the Polish National … Continue reading Cleveland man repays $42K, pleads guilty to workers’ comp fraud

INDUSTRY SPECIFIC SAFETY PROGRAM – A great return on investment

By Bruce Loughner, BWC Safety Technical Advisor As the BWC safety subject matter expert for the Industry Specific Safety Program (ISSP), I have seen employers continuously improve the safety culture of their organization by developing strategies to prevent injuries and illness by working with BWC safety staff. Public and private employers that successfully completed the … Continue reading INDUSTRY SPECIFIC SAFETY PROGRAM – A great return on investment

BWC investigations result in four workers’ comp fraud convictions in January

Columbus - Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer announced today that four individuals were convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, charges related to defrauding Ohio’s workers’ compensation system in January 2016. These court actions are the result of investigations conducted by BWC’s Special Investigations Department (SID). “A recent case in which two … Continue reading BWC investigations result in four workers’ comp fraud convictions in January

BWC safety consultant’s career inspired by family

By Michelle Gatchell, External Communications Meet Ohio BWC Industrial Safety Consultant Specialist, Colleen Bolha from our Youngstown Service Office. She assists employers in Southern Mahoning County and Columbiana County with all their safety needs. Ohio employers receive safety consultation services from BWC free of charge as a benefit of their workers’ compensation insurance coverage. Last … Continue reading BWC safety consultant’s career inspired by family

Register now: Free continuing education opportunities!

Dr. Brian Wilson, SE Regional Director, Provider Engagement Among being involved in many initiatives here at BWC, I am honored to be assisting as a committee member on our 2016 Ohio Workers Compensation Medical and Health Symposium, March 10 -11. This year’s slate of speakers offers a wide array of topics from various experts in … Continue reading Register now: Free continuing education opportunities!

Refusal to pay workers’ comp premiums lands owner of Marion County auto repair business in court

The owner of an auto repair shop in Caledonia (Marion County) has been sentenced for refusing to pay his workers’ comp premiums. Randy Gates, owner of Gator’s Auto Repair and Towing, was sentenced Jan. 21 in the Marion Municipal Court. BWC’s Employer Fraud Team (EFT) discovered that Gates continued to operate his business without valid … Continue reading Refusal to pay workers’ comp premiums lands owner of Marion County auto repair business in court