Caught In the Act

By   /  March 19, 2014  /  Fraud of the Day, Workers Comp Fraud  /  Comments Off

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, “Lima Man Guilty of Workers’ Comp Fraud,” written by Heather Rutz and published by LimaOhio.com on February 28, 2014.

LIMA — A Lima man has pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud after he was caught installing concrete while collecting injury benefits.

John Neeley pleaded guilty Feb. 19 in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas after Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation undercover investigators caught him on video working while he was supposed to be recovering from a workplace injury.

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Sincerely Apologetic

By   /  February 20, 2014  /  Fraud of the Day, Workers Comp Fraud  /  Comments Off

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, “Psychologist Sentenced in Workers Comp Fraud,” written by Linda Deutsch and published by San Jose Mercury News on February 4, 2014.

LOS ANGELES—A psychologist apologized Tuesday in a Los Angeles court for defrauding the federal government with inflated and fraudulent workers compensation claims.

Dr. Arnold P. Nerenberg of Whittier said Tuesday he was grateful federal agents caught him. In an emotional speech, the 72-year-old told the judge he overbilled patients whose costs were covered by the government so he could treat those who could not pay.

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Wait Just a Minute Mr. Postman!

By   /  February 10, 2014  /  Disability Fraud, Fraud of the Day, Workers Comp Fraud  /  Comments Off

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, “Vacaville Man Sentenced in Disability Fraud Case,” published by The Reporter on January 23, 2014.

A Vacaville man was sentenced to one year and a day in prison for workers’ compensation and disability benefits fraud dating back to 1998 when he was a postal service employee in Fresno.

Robert Daniel Castillo, 50, received the sentence in the Sacramento courtroom of United States District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton on Wednesday, according to United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner. Castillo’s sentence came after an investigation by the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General and the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, in connection with Castillo’s workers’ compensation benefits.

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Fraud Chain

By   /  January 24, 2014  /  Fraud of the Day, Workers Comp Fraud  /  Comments Off

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, “Workers’ Comp Fraud – Fresno Business Owner Sentenced to Prison,” published by the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association on December 6, 2013.

FRESNO – Richard Lopez Escamilla Jr. 47, was sentenced in Kings County Superior Court on December 4, 2013 to six years in prison for one felony count of insurance fraud. He was also ordered to pay restitution of nearly $4.2 million to the State Compensation Insurance Fund and SeaBright Insurance.

As part of a plea deal, Escamilla plead guilty to defrauding two insurance companies by underreporting employee payroll and unemployment insurance tax evasion.

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Get drunk, get hurt, get paid: NM lawmakers trying to fix compensation loophole

By   /  January 6, 2014  /  Featured, New Mexico, News, State Government, Workers Comp Fraud  /  No Comments

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It sounds crazy, but thanks to a poorly worded law employees who hurt themselves or others while drunk or stoned on the job in New Mexico are often eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits.

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