Insurance Journaal - A Cleveland, Ohio, man has been sentenced after a jury convicted him of failing to maintain workers compensation coverage for his business. Donald L. “Donnie” Schilling, owner of Cleveland Tire & Wheel, was found to be concealing employee payroll figures so he could operate his business without workers compensation coverage, the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) reported.Schilling is currently on probation from a drug conviction in Texas and this violation of his probation could result in a sentence there of up to 99 years of incarceration. BWCs Special Investigations Department (SID) Employer Fraud Team investigated Schilling after receiving information that he was operating his business without coverage. Schilling refused to cooperate. The Employer Fraud Team put Schilling on notice but he still failed to obtain a policy while continuing to operate his business and conceal his employee payroll. In addition, three workers comp claims were filed by employees of Cleveland Tire & Wheel costing the State Insurance Fund more than $30,000.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Insurance Journal - Rosa Maria Barajas, 68, of Huntington Park, Calif. was arrested for allegedly receiving workers compensation benefits of her dead husband. The arrest was made by California Department of Insurance detectives with assistance from the Huntington Park Police Department.Barajas is charged with two felony counts of insurance fraud. New York Life contacted the department of insurance in January to report that Barajas was continuing to collect on her dead husbands workers comp settlement. Barajas had been receiving monthly payments of over $18,000 that would continue only while Jesus Barajas was alive, as ordered by the Workers Compensation Appeals Board in 2000. As part of the agreement Rosa Barajas was directed to notify New York Life in the event of the demise of her husband, something that according to the investigators she failed to do when Jesus died in May of 2010.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Insurance Journal - The state Senate has approved a bill to prevent professional athletes who spent most of their careers with teams in other states from filing workers compensation claims in California. AB1309, by Democratic Assemblyman Henry Perea of Fresno, would block future claims for non-specific cumulative injuries.Supporters say the claims increase the burden on the state workers compensation system and could raise insurance costs. They say the athletes can get compensation for their injuries in the state where they were primarily employed. Opponents say the measure would let the owners of football, baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer teams avoid liability for legitimate injuries.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Public Opinion - Agents from the Attorney Generals Insurance Fraud Section today charged a Northumberland County woman who allegedly collected more than $45,000 in her deceased fathers workers compensation disability benefits. Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane identified the defendant as Margaret Ann Black, 50, 6245 Paradise Road, Milton, Northumberland County. The charges state that Black never notified Zurich North America of her fathers death and continued to collect more than $800 a week in his workers compensation benefits.
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Vindy - Randy Bartosh, a former Columbiana resident, pleaded guilty to fraud this month after an investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation found he was collecting benefits while running a tattoo shop in Pennsylvania. Bartosh pleaded guilty Aug. 15 in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court after repaying more than $4,500 to the state. The BWCs special-investigations department opened an investigation after a confidential source contacted the fraud hotline to say Bartosh was engaging in physical activity inconsistent with his complaints to doctors in his workers compensation claim.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
BWC - A Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) man has been sentenced after a jury convicted him of failing to maintain workers compensation coverage for his business. Donald L. “Donnie” Schilling, owner of Cleveland Tire & Wheel, was found to be concealing employee payroll figures so he could operate his business without workers compensation coverage. Schilling is currently on probation from a drug conviction in Texas and this violation of his probation could result in a sentence there of up to 99 years of incarceration. “Mr. Schillings failure to secure workers compensation insurance jeopardizes funds allocated for Ohio workers and employers who follow the law,” said Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. “BWC is committed to investigating and prosecuting any type of fraud that undermines the care of an injured worker and their ability to return to work.”
Monday, August 26, 2013
CBS Baltimore - A construction worker is seriously injured after being struck by a piece of heavy equipment at an operating site in Odenton. It happened around 8:15 a.m. Thursday in the 2600-block of Conway Road in Anne Arundel County. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they found the 40-year-old construction worker suffering from an incomplete amputation of his right leg.He was transported to Shock Trauma with serious, non-life threatening injuries.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Reuters - Eight people were injured, one of them seriously, after an explosion and fire struck a U.S. Navy ammunitions depot near the New Jersey shore on Tuesday, Navy officials said. Fire trucks, ambulances and a medical emergency helicopter rushed to Naval Weapons Station Earle, located near Colts Neck Township, about 45 miles from Manhattan. The cause of the explosion at a Marine boat repair shop at about 9 a.m. EDT was being investigated. "The damage from the explosion was contained within the boathouse area. Ammunition and ordnance operations at the weapons station were not affected by the accident," the Navy said in a statement. The injured included seven sailors and one civilian, said base spokesman Mike Brady.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
The Topeka Capital-Journal - A new committee formed to pick nominees for workers compensation judge positions will review open meetings and open records laws and how they apply to the committee next week. The Workers Compensation and Employment Security Boards Nominating Committee formed last session had been operating under the assumption it falls under the Kansas Open Meetings Act and Kansas Open Records Act on the advice of a Department of Labor official. Eric Stafford, the Kansas Chamber of Commerces representative on the seven-member committee, said he had consulted the Kansas attorney general following the groups first meeting last month and found "theres pretty much no doubt we fall under KOMA."
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Lima Ohio - A rule of this social era: If you dont want someone to know, dont put it on Facebook. Michael Mallory, formerly of New Bremen, learned it the hard way. Mallory pleaded guilty in Franklin Common Pleas Court to workers compensation fraud after relocating and posting on Facebook photos of his work for an Arizona employer. Mallory was ordered to pay BWC $7,644.08 in restitution and investigative costs to the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation, the bureau announced Friday. Mallory relocated to Scottsdale, Ariz., after he was injured and began collecting benefits. The bureau opened an investigation after receiving a tip that Mallory was doing construction work in Arizona while collecting Ohio workers compensation benefits.
Monday, August 19, 2013