BWC secures 14 fraud-related convictions in October

Fraudsters owe BWC more than $283,000 in restitution The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) secured 14 fraud-related convictions in October, with those convicted owing BWC a combined $283,146 in restitution. Those convicted include injured workers found working while collecting disability benefits, family members collecting their deceased parent’s compensation benefits, and business owners whose coverage … Continue reading BWC secures 14 fraud-related convictions in October

Happy Anniversary to Us!

On Nov. 14, 2019, our BWC Special Investigations Department celebrated the second anniversary of its Fraud Hotline system. We launched this system during Fraud Awareness Week 2017 as an important new customer service tool for external sources to report their suspicions of workers’ compensation fraud. What a successful launch and two years it has been! … Continue reading Happy Anniversary to Us!

Fraud of the Day during Fraud Awareness Week

By Jeff Baker, BWC Special Investigations Department When the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) created its Special Investigations Department (SID) in 1993, investigative professionals in the new department knew they would need to do more than detect, identify and investigate suspected workers’ compensation fraud. To fully meet the department’s mandate and mission, SID professionals would need to also deter fraud. We felt one of the most … Continue reading Fraud of the Day during Fraud Awareness Week

A letter from Jim Wernecke – Director of BWC Special Investigations

As Director of the BWC Special Investigations Department (SID), I am honored to kick off Fraud Awareness Week. I invite you to view my video message, “Fraud Hurts Us All.” In the video I discuss how workers’ compensation fraud increases premiums for employers, which reduces the money employers can invest in their employees, community and … Continue reading A letter from Jim Wernecke – Director of BWC Special Investigations

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

Another type of BWC certificate: Showing our appreciation to yet another employer source

By Jeff Baker, Program Administrator, BWC Special Investigations Department Normally, when our readers think of the words “BWC” and “certificate," they think of the BWC Certificate of Coverage. This makes sense. The certificate is widely seen and easily recognized. It is the official document employers often frame to display within their business. Understandably, the law-abiding … Continue reading Another type of BWC certificate: Showing our appreciation to yet another employer source