By Melissa Vince, BWC Public Relations Manager
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 do we do in the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Special Investigations Department? We pursue workers’ compensation fraud.
BWC insures Ohio employers for workplace injuries and cares for employees who are hurt on the job. The vast majority of Ohio workers, employers, medical providers and others are interested in nothing other than getting injured workers healed and back on the job. There are a few though who have other ideas.
We define workers’ compensation fraud as knowingly making a false representation of a material fact to obtain or to deny workers’ compensation benefits or to avoid responsibility under the law. Workers’ compensation fraud increases premiums for employers, which reduces the money employers can invest in their employees, community and future growth.
There are a number of ways fraudsters can seek to manipulate the system, for example:
- When an employer misrepresents the amount of payroll or classification of its employees.
- When a medical provider intentionally receives payments to which he or she is not entitled.
- When a worker fakes an injury, or returns to work while receiving benefits.
And there are many more detailed on our website, bwc.ohio.gov.
What’s our goal? #StopFraud in Ohio’s workers’ compensation system. You’ll see in this infographic highlighting a few stats from the last year that we work hard every day to achieve that goal.
Anyone committing fraud, or thinking of trying to get one over on us should remember this word:
ex·pose (/ikˈspōz/), verb
Definition: make (something) visible, typically by uncovering it.