KRNV Reno - A federal grand jury returned an 11-count indictment today against Mark E. Leung, 58, of South Lake Tahoe, charging him with wire fraud, mail fraud, and making a false statement to obtain federal workers’ compensation, according to U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner. The indictment alleges that Leung worked for the United States Postal Service until 1987 when he claimed he sustained a work-related injury. Leung never returned to full-time employment with the Postal Service and began receiving workers’ compensation benefits.
Monday, December 31, 2012
CNN - At least two firefighters were shot and killed at the scene of a fire that engulfed multiple houses in upstate New York on Monday, police said. Doctors treated two other firefighters for gunshot wounds, police in Webster, New York, told reporters. Authorities believe one or more shooters took aim at the firefighters after they left their vehicles, Police Chief Gerald Pickering said.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Fox News - A tractor-trailer smashed into several vehicles on a major highway on Wednesday afternoon, setting off a chain reaction of fiery crashes, killing one person and injuring 33 others, police said. The accident on the Long Island Expressway, about 70 miles east of New York City, left at least two dozen vehicles strewn across several hundred yards of the eastbound lanes. At least three vehicles, including the tractor-trailer, which was carrying storm debris, caught fire and were still smoldering into the early evening, a fire official said.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Insurance Journal - Traffic accidents are a leading cause of high-severity workers’ compensation injuries. Moreover, they are pervasive; indeed, a study by NCCI published in December, 2006 noted that even the clerical classification has surprisingly high exposure to traffic accidents. Driver-related factors that are linked to traffic accidents include speeding, distraction, and impairment. There are differences between accidents for large trucks and for passenger vehicles, as well as impacts due to recessions.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Insurance Journal - Tennessee authorities announced recently that a Memphis business owner had been indicted for alleged workers’ compensation fraud. The state grand jury for Shelby County indicted Richard Nobles for four counts of workers’ compensation fraud over $60,000 (a class B felony). Nobles, 58, owns several subcontract labor companies including Xpress Services, Express Services, Labor Fast, Fast Track Systems, and CSI Services Inc. Nobles’ companies provide workers for various construction jobs, primarily for dry wall work. According to the indictment, Nobles allegedly underreported the annual amount of payroll for his various companies with intent to defraud four separate insurance companies of workers’ compensation premiums due them: Travelers Insurance Company, Berkley Regional Insurance, Work First Casualty Company, and Ullico Casualty.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - A 32-year-old mechanic from Ramona was killed when a car plowed into the broken-down school bus he was fixing alongside a rain-drenched freeway Thursday. A 2005 Nissan Altima veered off the Interstate 805 in North Park and struck the San Diego Unified School District bus from behind shortly before 7 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. The mechanic was trapped under the hood for half an hour until firefighters pried it open. The crash left the motorist, a 41-year-old woman, seriously hurt and the repairman gravely injured and wedged in the engine compartment of the bus, CHP public-affairs Officer Art Athans said.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Insurance Networking News - Insurers are caught in a bind when it comes to business growth and preventing insurance fraud, according to a new report from Forrester, titled “Prevent Insurance Crime With The Four Cornerstones Of Better Fraud Management”; growth nowadays—which means emerging technologies such as mobile and social—inherently presents challenges and open doors to fraud risk. The four cornerstones suggested by Forrester are 1) rethink SIU teams, 2) establish standard metrics, 3) use mobile applications everywhere, and 4) improve data quality and increase data quantity.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Columbus Business First - Questionable insurance claims increased 36 percent statewide from 2009 to 2011, and Columbus kept pace, recording the second-highest amount last year, behind only Cleveland, a new report shows. The number of Ohio claims referred to the National Insurance Crime Bureau for closer review and investigation was 2,621 in 2011, up from 1,924 in 2009, the agency’s analysis shows. In Columbus, those claims increased 32 percent to 263, from 199 two years earlier. And in Cleveland, the count jumped 74 percent to 292, up from 168. Theft was the leading loss type, followed by collision and bodily injury. The top three questionable claims by policy type were personal automobile, homeowners and commercial automobile.
Thursday, December 13, 2012 - A Boardman chiropractor accused of defrauding the Bureau of Worker’s Compensation and his insurance company has pleaded guilty to billing BWC for treatment he never provided more than one year after his brother was convicted of the same crime. Dr. David Esarco, 53, of Poland, was sentenced Nov. 14 to three years probation and to pay back $75,577.65 in restitution and investigation costs after he pleaded guilty in Franklin County Common Pleas Court to a fifth-degree felony count of fraud. Felony charges of theft and records tampering were dismissed.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
USA Today - Hospital officials say a pilot and two nurses were killed when a medical helicopter crashed in a field while traveling between two northern Illinois hospitals. Rockford Memorial Hospital identified those killed as pilot Andy Olson and flight nurses Karen Hollis and Jim Dillow. In a news release Tuesday, officials at Rockford Memorial Hospital say they are grieving for "three heroes who dedicated their careers to serving others." No patients were aboard when the helicopter went down Monday night in Rochelle, about 70 miles west of Chicago. A spokesman for the Rockford hospital says its helicopter was flying to pick up a patient at a Mendota hospital.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
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