Auto mechanic owes BWC $132,000 for workers’ comp fraud

Former construction worker ran auto repair shop out of his home A Southern Ohio man who collected injured workers’ benefits for four years while running an automobile repair shop out of his residence must pay $132,239 in restitution to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) and serve five years probation. Manuel Perez, 59, of … Continue reading Auto mechanic owes BWC $132,000 for workers’ comp fraud

Driving while drowsy a challenge for truckers

BWC ergonomist addresses Kentucky Trucking Association Nov. 15 By Delia Treaster, PhD, CPE, BWC Ergonomic Consultant Drowsy driving kills. In 2013, it caused 72,000 crashes on our nation’s highways, killing at least 800 drivers and passengers and injuring another 44,000, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Some feel the true number of fatalities … Continue reading Driving while drowsy a challenge for truckers

Another type of BWC certificate: Showing our appreciation to yet another employer source

By Jeff Baker, Program Administrator, BWC Special Investigations Department Normally, when our readers think of the words “BWC” and “certificate," they think of the BWC Certificate of Coverage. This makes sense. The certificate is widely seen and easily recognized. It is the official document employers often frame to display within their business. Understandably, the law-abiding … Continue reading Another type of BWC certificate: Showing our appreciation to yet another employer source

Fraud funnies: Workers’ comp cheats say the darndest things

By Tony Gottschlich, Public Information Officer, BWC Communications Department Many of us have read funny reports of the ridiculous excuses criminals give police for their illicit behavior, from, “We’re not stealing; we thought it was free,” to Winona Ryder’s, “I shoplifted to prepare for an acting role.” Our agents in the Special Investigations Department have … Continue reading Fraud funnies: Workers’ comp cheats say the darndest things

Central Ohio man faked injuries to obtain narcotics

A Columbus-area man with a history of faking work injuries to obtain narcotics was sentenced Wednesday to six months probation and ordered to pay the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation $620 for the cost of investigating him. Thomas Gallagher, 47, of Dublin, pleaded guilty Nov. 16 to one first-degree misdemeanor count of workers’ compensation fraud … Continue reading Central Ohio man faked injuries to obtain narcotics

Tough sanctions for roofer in workers’ comp fraud case

The owner of a Sandusky roofing company who pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud in September must pay nearly $27,000 in restitution to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and serve five years probation, according to his sentence Nov. 9 in the Erie County Court of Common Pleas. A judge also warned Steve Petrick, Jr., … Continue reading Tough sanctions for roofer in workers’ comp fraud case

Man worked multiple jobs while on workers’ comp, used aliases to avoid detection

A former Campbell (Mahoning County) man who relocated to Florida was sentenced for fraud after he was discovered working while receiving workplace injury benefits, and using multiple aliases to cover his crime. Nikitas Xipolitas, 61, pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree felony count of workers’ compensation fraud on November 4.  A judge in the Franklin County … Continue reading Man worked multiple jobs while on workers’ comp, used aliases to avoid detection

Investigative unit nets 9 fraud convictions in October

One worker falls off tractor he took to bar, claims work injury Nine Ohioans were convicted of workers’ compensation fraud in October, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) reported Wednesday. “As guardians of the State Insurance Fund, we won’t tolerate the theft or misuse of injured workers’ benefits,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison. “The … Continue reading Investigative unit nets 9 fraud convictions in October

International Fraud Awareness Week: Spotlight on Doug Fisher

Justice, putting bad providers out of business motivates longtime BWC fraud fighter By Tony Gottschlich, Public Information Officer, BWC Communications Department As a special agent in the bureau of diplomatic security for the U.S. State Department in the 1980s and early 1990s, Doug Fisher protected royal families, foreign presidents, Nelson Mandela and U.S. Secretary of … Continue reading International Fraud Awareness Week: Spotlight on Doug Fisher

BWC investigators nab Central Ohio workers’ comp fugitive, land fraud conviction

A Columbus-area man was sentenced for workers’ compensation fraud last week during a court appearance that was delayed after he failed to appear for his 2013 arraignment. Michael M. Mitchell, 49, pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree felony count of workers’ compensation fraud in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. He was sentenced to 11 … Continue reading BWC investigators nab Central Ohio workers’ comp fugitive, land fraud conviction