Five Northeast Ohioans convicted of work comp fraud

Four claimants and one employer from northeast Ohio were sentenced in November for defrauding the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). The cases bring the year’s total convictions for BWC’s special investigations department (SID) to 121. “BWC is in the business of caring for injured workers and promoting safe workplaces, not doling out thousands of … Continue reading Five Northeast Ohioans convicted of work comp fraud

This top 10 list could be a real lifesaver

By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer The end of the year brings a barrage of top 10 lists – the top films, TV shows, albums, news stories and more. It seems every magazine, news organization and blog has them. So, we thought we’d get in on the action. Admittedly, the top 10 we’re featuring … Continue reading This top 10 list could be a real lifesaver

Ohio carpenter nailed for work comp fraud

Pomeroy man one of two southeastern Ohioans convicted of fraud last week A southeastern Ohio man must reimburse the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) more than $23,000 after investigators found him working several jobs while collecting injured worker’s benefits. Ernest Shawn Baker, 45, of Pomeroy in Meigs County, also must serve five years of … Continue reading Ohio carpenter nailed for work comp fraud

Slipping in a winter wonderland? Not if you take these steps first

By Cari Gray, BWC Industrial Safety Consultant Specialist Here we go again – another Ohio winter. Unfortunately, for many people winter will mean more than snow, ice and shoveling; for some, it may mean concussions, bruises and broken bones.  You’ve guessed it – we're going to talk about navigating the winter wonderland on foot and … Continue reading Slipping in a winter wonderland? Not if you take these steps first

Cleveland convict adds work comp fraud to criminal record

State crimes followed 2015 conviction on several federal charges http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9jUdmXGU8E A Cleveland garbage hauler and construction worker serving time in a federal prison for fraud, money laundering and violating the Clean Air Act pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud last week. Christopher Gattarello, 53, pleaded guilty Nov. 22 to a fifth-degree felony count of workers’ compensation … Continue reading Cleveland convict adds work comp fraud to criminal record