Fraud funnies: Workers’ comp cheats say the darndest things

By Tony Gottschlich, Public Information Officer, BWC Communications Department Many of us have read funny reports of the ridiculous excuses criminals give police for their illicit behavior, from, “We’re not stealing; we thought it was free,” to Winona Ryder’s, “I shoplifted to prepare for an acting role.” Our agents in the Special Investigations Department have … Continue reading Fraud funnies: Workers’ comp cheats say the darndest things

Central Ohio man faked injuries to obtain narcotics

A Columbus-area man with a history of faking work injuries to obtain narcotics was sentenced Wednesday to six months probation and ordered to pay the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation $620 for the cost of investigating him. Thomas Gallagher, 47, of Dublin, pleaded guilty Nov. 16 to one first-degree misdemeanor count of workers’ compensation fraud … Continue reading Central Ohio man faked injuries to obtain narcotics

Tough sanctions for roofer in workers’ comp fraud case

The owner of a Sandusky roofing company who pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud in September must pay nearly $27,000 in restitution to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and serve five years probation, according to his sentence Nov. 9 in the Erie County Court of Common Pleas. A judge also warned Steve Petrick, Jr., … Continue reading Tough sanctions for roofer in workers’ comp fraud case

Man worked multiple jobs while on workers’ comp, used aliases to avoid detection

A former Campbell (Mahoning County) man who relocated to Florida was sentenced for fraud after he was discovered working while receiving workplace injury benefits, and using multiple aliases to cover his crime. Nikitas Xipolitas, 61, pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree felony count of workers’ compensation fraud on November 4.  A judge in the Franklin County … Continue reading Man worked multiple jobs while on workers’ comp, used aliases to avoid detection

Investigative unit nets 9 fraud convictions in October

One worker falls off tractor he took to bar, claims work injury Nine Ohioans were convicted of workers’ compensation fraud in October, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) reported Wednesday. “As guardians of the State Insurance Fund, we won’t tolerate the theft or misuse of injured workers’ benefits,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison. “The … Continue reading Investigative unit nets 9 fraud convictions in October

International Fraud Awareness Week: Spotlight on Doug Fisher

Justice, putting bad providers out of business motivates longtime BWC fraud fighter By Tony Gottschlich, Public Information Officer, BWC Communications Department As a special agent in the bureau of diplomatic security for the U.S. State Department in the 1980s and early 1990s, Doug Fisher protected royal families, foreign presidents, Nelson Mandela and U.S. Secretary of … Continue reading International Fraud Awareness Week: Spotlight on Doug Fisher

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

BWC SID: Our Journey to Excellence – Part 2 of 3

By Jeff Baker, Program Administrator, BWC Special Investigations Department In our constant quest for improvement, all members of the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Special Investigations Department (SID) gathered on October 22, 2015 at our Mansfield service office to successfully complete annual in-service training. The theme of this year’s training event was “Our Journey to Excellence: … Continue reading BWC SID: Our Journey to Excellence – Part 2 of 3

Fraud Awareness Week begins Nov. 15!

Thanks to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners sponsorship and the power of social media, fraud awareness is spreading. We’re joining forces with more than 150 companies and organizations to educate the public about different types of fraud happening all over the world. This campaign encourages business leaders and employees to promote anti-fraud awareness and … Continue reading Fraud Awareness Week begins Nov. 15!