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Ohio BWC releases list of top 10 workers' comp frauds of 2015

Recently, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation announced what it said was the top 10 cases of workers’ comp fraud in the state for 2015. The bureau says that catching these businesses and individuals in the act saved it millions of dollars, freeing up those funds for use by workers with legitimate claims.

Here is a summary of the list:

1. The owner of a chiropractic office pleaded guilty in court to defrauding federal health care programs out of nearly $700,000 by billing for services not rendered, and double-billing.

2. The owner of a contractor business pleaded guilty to a fraud charge over a dispute related to a lapsed BWC policy and questions over whether workers were employees or subcontractors.

3. A woman was caught working at a restaurant while collecting $3,369.24 in temporary total disability benefits.

4. A man moved out of state and worked as a taxi driver while collecting workers’ comp from BWC. He paid $9,000 in restitution.

5. A couple pleaded guilty in a scheme in which the husband pretended to work for his wife’s company to qualify for benefits.

6. A man receiving permanent total disability benefits was found to be working for his own business as an independent contractor. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $2.4 million in restitution and fines.

7. Another man was caught working construction while receiving benefits.

8. A tree trimming company was found violating state wage laws, despite letting its BWC coverage lapse in 1999.

9. A man was caught working two jobs for his brother-in-law while collecting nearly $23,000 in benefits.

10. A woman claimed a workplace injury cost her the use of her hands, arm and leg. However, she was able to drive and video footage at a casino showed her with no apparent disability.

Workers’ compensation fraud hurts Ohio businesses, so having an attorney defending you can make a big difference.

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