Standout fraud cases in 2018
By Melissa Vince, BWC Public Relations Manager
Soon we’ll all be counting down and singing that classic New Year’s song to say farewell to 2018 and hello to 2019. Or maybe you’re like me and you’ll wake up at 12:05 a.m. to realize you missed another countdown.
In the spirit of Auld Lang Syne, which roughly translates as “for old times’ sake,” we thought we’d look back at some of our more notable cases in 2018. Since January, we shared 48 blogs covering claimant, provider and employer workers’ compensation fraud cases. The following cases stand out in our memory:
- This man pleaded guilty to defrauding BWC for the fourth time since 2003.
- This man’s voicemail greeting exposed his $684,000 work comp/Social Security fraud scheme.
- This murder suspect and tree trimmer created a phony certificate of coverage to land jobs without actually paying for workers’ compensation insurance.
- This pain doc falsely billed BWC to the tune of $33,000.
- This owner of a taxi service didn’t want to pay for workers comp and racked up $55,000 in overdue premiums.
- This man tried cashing a BWC rebate check he stole from a day care center but was outsmarted by a Check Smart employee.
- This owner of a now defunct professional employer organization was ordered to repay $425,000 for his scheme to short BWC on the premiums he received from employers and pocket the difference.
Thanks for your support this year. We were proud to celebrate our 25th year of investigating, detecting and deterring fraud in Ohio. Now it’s on to 26!
And thanks for following the BWC Fraud Blog. We hope you’ll stay tuned here in 2019 for more on the latest news and information on workers’ comp fraud in Ohio. Don’t forget to also follow our Facebook page.
Cheers! Okay, everyone now: Should auld acquaintance be forgot….