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Since its inception in 1993, BWC's Special Investigations Department has researched and reviewed more than 108,000 allegations of workers' comp fraud, completed 58,000 investigations and identified more than $1.5 billion in savings.
We're pleased with these successes but have stepped our efforts to respond to allegations and actively search for signs of fraud committed by injured workers, employers and medical providers. We've put together this video to raise awareness about workers' comp fraud and generate more tips from the public.
You are our eyes and ears! Thank you for your help in stamping out fraud, and please, keep those tips coming. To report workers' comp fraud in Ohio, click here or call our fraud hotline at 1-800-644-6292.
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BWC investigators caught John Perkins of Toledo on camera demolishing homes when he was supposed to be off work recovering from a workplace injury. Perkins pleaded guilty to workers' comp fraud and was ordered to return nearly $4,000.
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Stephen Byrne of Brooksville, Ky. was caught on this video working for a towing and recovery business while receiving workers' comp benefits. BWC assisted the city of Cincinnati, a self-insured employer, with its investigation of Byrne, who pleaded guilty to theft and must repay nearly $15,000 to the city.
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Michael Gundling of Cincinnati became the subject of an undercover investigation after the BWC Special Investigations Department received a tip that he was working while receiving temporary total disability. Agents captured him on this video working as a dump truck operator. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced ordered to return more than $3,000 to BWC, in addition to court costs and a fine.
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Bernice D. Stephens of Akron (Summit County, Ohio) was sentenced on multiple counts after agents with BWC captured video of her running her own clothing store while receiving workers' comp benefits for a prior workplace injury. She must repay more than $88,000.
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Luis A. Toro of Cleveland must repay nearly $20,000 after BWC investigators caught this video of him working as a tow truck driver while he was supposed to be off work recovering from a workplace injury.
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Jason Dross of Celina (Mercer County) was sentenced for workers' compensation fraud after BWC investigators captured undercover video contradicting his claim that he couldn't lift more than 10 pounds. Investigators caught Dross on video bench pressing more than 500 pounds at a local gym.
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Anil C. Nalluri, a Youngstown doctor, has been decertified as a provider for the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation and repaid more than $70,000 after pleading guilty to workers' compensation fraud. This surveillance video captured by an undercover agent from BWC's Special Investigations Department posing as a patient in need of psychotherapy services shows Anil C. Nalluri MD providing inadequate care. Nalluri later billed BWC for services he never provided.
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BWC investigators caught Michael Dickerson on camera working at his lawn care business while he claimed he was unable to work due to a workplace injury. He ordered to repay nearly $30,000 in restitution and investigative costs.
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Thomas Hofus of Boardman man was sentenced for fraud after pleading guilty to working as a landscaper and roofer while receiving workers' comp benefits. BWC conducted a surveillance operation and caught Hofus on camera replacing a roof.
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A surveillance operation by BWC culminated today with the sentencing of a Galion (Crawford County) couple who managed to scam hundreds of thousands of dollars in undue benefits designated for Ohioans injured on the job. Robin Hammond claimed a workplace injury left her unable to use her arms and legs and without fine motor skills in her hands and feet. Investigators observed her entering her physician's office in a wheelchair, then walking without assistance after leaving her appointments. The video also shows her husband, Randy, assisting her into a wheel chair on several occasions before entering the physician's office and later walking and talking with her without any apparent injury. Robin Hammond pleaded guilty to one felony count of workers' compensation fraud and was and sentenced to one year in prison with judicial release possible after six months. Randy Hammond pleaded guilty to one felony count of complicity and received five years of community control. The couple was ordered to repay BWC $173,332.09.
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Benjamin Lawrence of Covington (Kenton County, Kentucky) pleaded guilty to workers' compensation fraud and must repay more than $2,000. Lawrence was allegedly injured on the job and was receiving benefits until a co-worker secretly taped him confessing to faking the injury. The co-worker supplied the employer with the tape, in which Lawrence states he purposely injured himself and knowingly filed a false claim.
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Jeffrey Beaty of Reading (Hamilton County) pleaded guilty to workers' compensation fraud for operating Beaty's Auto Wash and Detail while receiving injured worker benefits. BWC investigators captured his work activities on this surveillance video. A judge ordered Beaty to pay restitution and investigation costs totaling more than $16,000 and he was placed on community control for three years.
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Adam Long of Bloomville (Seneca County) was caught on video by BWC investigators working while collecting injured worker benefits. An investigation revealed that Long began working for a concessions company at the same time he was collecting temporary total disability benefits for an injury that occurred while working for another employer. Investigators found he was performing maintenance on the concession trailers and on the concession company's property. He was also found cooking for the company and working with the customers serving food and collecting money. He was ordered to repay nearly $5,000 in restitution. He will have to serve 180 days in jail if he does not pay the full amount back at the end of one year.
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BWC investigators caught David Jenkins of Hamilton (Butler County) on video committing workers' comp fraud. Jenkins was working for a scrap materials processor while he was supposedly unable to work while recovering from a prior workplace injury. A judge ordered him to pay BWC $7,000 in restitution and placed him on community control.
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A surveillance operation conducted by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation Special Investigations Department landed a Lake County man in a Cuyahoga County courtroom recently to be sentenced for running a business while receiving workers' compensation benefits. Duane Funtash must repay BWC more than $76,000 for fraudulently receiving Temporary Total Disability benefits after the video that was key to his conviction showed he was running Dar's Catering in Painesville. (View news release: https://www.ohiobwc.com/home/current/releases/2011/090911c.a
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Elvin Hamilton of Dayton (Montgomery County) was ordered to repay more than $60,000 for working while receiving workers' comp benefits. Hamilton operated Hamilton Photography while receiving temporary total disability benefits from 2010 to 2013. BWC investigators shot this surveillance video that was used as evidence in the case.