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

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

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