Toy safety – make a list and check it twice

By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer Ralphie’s dream of getting a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas in the holiday classic “A Christmas Story” has become the stuff of legend. The constant refrain of “you’ll shoot your eye out” torments the young protagonist and gives viewers a good laugh. But toy safety is a … Continue reading Toy safety – make a list and check it twice

Two Ohio business owners convicted for failing to carry workers’ comp coverage

Second conviction for both employers A Columbus-area business owner with a criminal history against the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation pleaded guilty Monday to failing to carry workers’ compensation coverage on his asphalt paving business. James T. Wilson Jr., 52, of New Albany, pleaded guilty in a Columbus courtroom to a second-degree misdemeanor count of … Continue reading Two Ohio business owners convicted for failing to carry workers’ comp coverage

Get to your Thanksgiving feast safe and sound

Buckle Up – Every Trip. Every Time. By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer For many of us Thanksgiving includes piling into a car and travelling to visit family and friends. In fact, Thanksgiving weekend is the year’s busiest travel weekend. Whether you’re driving across the street or across the country to reach your Thanksgiving feast, … Continue reading Get to your Thanksgiving feast safe and sound

IFAW: That’s a wrap

It’s time to wrap another impressive International Fraud Awareness Week. We specialize in workers’ comp fraud but enjoy hearing about what our counterparts are doing in their fight to stop all kinds of fraud. We also appreciate the opportunity to share our story with you. We’ve shared a lot about ourselves, including what we do, … Continue reading IFAW: That’s a wrap

Our fraud hotline is, well, hot! Thanks for making us aware of fraud all year long!

By Jeff Baker, Program Administrator, BWC Special Investigations Department We have received more than 2,300 calls since we launched our new Fraud Hotline system on November 14, 2017, during International Fraud Awareness Week 2017. The nearly 200 calls a month, means we have received 9 each work day, or more than one every working hour! … Continue reading Our fraud hotline is, well, hot! Thanks for making us aware of fraud all year long!

‘Records told the story’ in fraud case: Northeast Ohio business overbills agency; owner found guilty of workers’ comp fraud

By Jennifer Cunningham, Assistant Director, BWC Special Investigations Department The bills coming from a Northeast Ohio health care facility to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) looked suspicious. Too many, it seemed, were for treatment to a company co-owner and others closely connected to the business. Our agency had paid more than $110,000 for … Continue reading ‘Records told the story’ in fraud case: Northeast Ohio business overbills agency; owner found guilty of workers’ comp fraud

Let’s talk workers’ comp fraud

By Melissa Vince, BWC Public Relations Manager Fraud (/frôd/), noun Definition: Wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain. In other words, cheating to get one over on others. There are countless ways people try to commit fraud. Check fraud, identify theft, pyramid schemes, credit card fraud and so on. What … Continue reading Let’s talk workers’ comp fraud

Check Smart clerk outsmarts phony owner of BWC rebate check

BWC investigators report 9 convictions in October An Akron sex offender added forgery to his criminal record last month after a clerk at a Check Smart thwarted his attempt to cash a $5,500 rebate check from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) that belonged to a church-owned day care center. “We have to give … Continue reading Check Smart clerk outsmarts phony owner of BWC rebate check

Contractor safety: When you bring outside people in to do work

By Cari Gray, CSP, BWC Safety Consultant Specialist What do you do when you need an outside company to come into your business to fix or replace something? Say a pipe bursts or your boiler stops working. Do you have a contractor safety policy in place? In safety we spend so much time focusing on … Continue reading Contractor safety: When you bring outside people in to do work

Foregoing workers’ comp coverage costs Ohio businesses

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) secured court convictions in October against three Ohio business owners — including a Cleveland-area man for the second time since 2016 — who failed to protect their workers with proper BWC coverage. “We made every attempt to bring these employers into compliance with Ohio law, but they wouldn’t … Continue reading Foregoing workers’ comp coverage costs Ohio businesses