Shopping online? Don’t get Scrooged

By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer Black Friday is behind us; now it’s on to Cyber Monday and its insanely good deals. But if you’re not careful, it’s also an insanely easy way for cyber thieves to scam you. Since 2000, online shopping has exploded among American consumers. A recent Pew Research study reveals … Continue reading Shopping online? Don’t get Scrooged

Thanks for your allegations, especially 34,634 calls to our Fraud Hotline!

By Jeff Baker, Program Administrator, BWC Special Investigations Department In observance of Thanksgiving, we are giving thanks for the vigilance of everyday citizens and their willingness to detect and report suspected fraud committed against the Ohio workers’ compensation system. We realize that such partnerships are necessary to achieve our fraud prevention goals. Since the creation … Continue reading Thanks for your allegations, especially 34,634 calls to our Fraud Hotline!

BWC, State Fire Marshal outline safety resources available to Ohio’s firefighting community

By Melissa Vince, BWC Public Relations Manager In light of recent media attention to cancer risks and other on-the-job dangers faced by firefighters, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) is partnering with the State Fire Marshal's office to educate Ohio firefighters about safety resources available through their agencies. "Firefighters face unique and life-threatening hazards … Continue reading BWC, State Fire Marshal outline safety resources available to Ohio’s firefighting community

Ohio safety councils gave when others needed it most

By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer With Thanksgiving later this week, we’re officially entering the season of giving. However, for a group of Ohio safety councils and their members, the giving spirit arrived early this year. In August and September, three powerful hurricanes (Harvey, Irma and Maria) ravaged the U.S. mainland as well as … Continue reading Ohio safety councils gave when others needed it most

What do you know about workers’ comp fraud? Our sleuths have questions – and answers!

By Melissa Vince, BWC Public Relations Manager We’ve had a great time talking workers’ comp fraud this International Fraud Awareness Week. We enjoyed sharing what we do to detect, deter and put a stop to workers’ compensation fraud in Ohio. Our fraud investigators especially look forward to participating every year because they want to raise awareness … Continue reading What do you know about workers’ comp fraud? Our sleuths have questions – and answers!

It’s not easy being Green: Cleveland florist convicted of work comp fraud

Green Thumb Florists owes BWC $32,000 The owner of a Cleveland flower shop owes the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) nearly $32,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to workers’ compensation fraud in late September. Mary Green, the owner of Green Thumb Florists, was ordered to pay BWC $31,562, sentenced to five years of community … Continue reading It’s not easy being Green: Cleveland florist convicted of work comp fraud

Spotlight: Our college interns

By Jeff Baker, Program Administrator, BWC Special Investigations Department In recognition of International Fraud Awareness Week 2017, we are highlighting careers in criminal investigations, especially those that commence with the study of criminology, criminal justice, law enforcement, digital forensics or data analytics. History:  BWC’s Special Investigations Department (SID) created its college relations program in 1995 … Continue reading Spotlight: Our college interns

Suspect fraud? Call our Fraud Hotline!

By Jeff Baker, Program Administrator, BWC Special Investigations Department In recognition of International Fraud Awareness Week 2017, we are increasing awareness of fraud and the vigilance of everyday citizens to report suspected fraud committed against the Ohio workers’ compensation system. A suspicion can be reported online, by email to our secure BWC Allegations@bwc.state.oh.us account, U.S. … Continue reading Suspect fraud? Call our Fraud Hotline!

In pursuit of fairness – #FraudWeek 2017

By Jim Wernecke, Director, BWC Special Investigations Department I have always appreciated the importance of fairness and integrity. I have used these virtues as a guide throughout my career, from early on when I supervised 15 employees at a small manufacturing company, to my 25 years with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and now as … Continue reading In pursuit of fairness – #FraudWeek 2017

Fraud scheme doesn’t float for Ohio swimming pool business owner

A Mansfield-area businessman must pay more than $33,000 in restitution to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation for filing phony records and scheming to avoid his debt for past premiums. Roger L. Graszl, the owner of Premier Gunite Unlimited Pools & Spas in Lexington, Ohio, also was sentenced to five years probation Wednesday in the … Continue reading Fraud scheme doesn’t float for Ohio swimming pool business owner