Safety and OSHA News

Employee sets up fake assault to collect workers’ comp, according to authorities

A mass transit trolley operator has been indicted for allegedly paying an acquaintance to assault him on the job so he could collect workers’ comp benefits. A plastic Halloween pumpkin helped crack the case.  [Read more…]

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Owner sent to prison for workers’ comp fraud

The owner of an electronics recycling company in New Jersey has been sentenced to three years in prison for saying warehouse employees performed only clerical duties when obtaining workers’ compensation insurance.  [Read more…]

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Employee on vacation kayaking while on workers’ comp: Now he faces fraud charges

Authorities have arrested a psychiatric center employee on charges he defrauded the workers’ compensation system while kayaking on a Caribbean vacation.  [Read more…]

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Ex-Postal Service employee faces jail time for workers’ comp fraud

A former U.S. Postal Service employee was recently convicted of conducting a 15-year workers’ comp fraud scheme. The jury determined she fraudulently collected more than $429,000 in federal disability benefits since September 2001.  [Read more…]

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Dancing Kia hamster pleads no contest in workers’ comp fraud case

It’s all too common: An employee receiving workers’ comp is seen working while collecting benefits. In this case, the employee was seen on TV – by millions – as a dancing hamster.  [Read more…]

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Authorities: Man used NFL player names in workers’ comp fraud

A Spokane Valley, WA, man faces fraud charges after authorities say he used the last names of Seattle Seahawk players when filling out fake workers’ comp injury reports to get painkillers.  [Read more…]

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Man accused of workers’ comp fraud dies of lung failure before trial

David Brownell was charged with workers’ comp fraud: more than $2.7 million since 1995. Authorities say he misrepresented his illness, lung disease, to his doctor. He was set to go on trial before he died … of lung disease. [Read more…]

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2 strange comp cases: Caught on Facebook and Height of Hypocrisy

What happens in Arizona doesn’t stay in Arizona when you post it on your Facebook page. And in a another case, it’s apparently “do as I say, not as I do,” when it comes to workers’ comp. [Read more…]

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Former police officer played baseball while on workers’ comp: He’s going to jail

A judge has sentenced a former police officer to jail after he pleaded guilty to workers’ comp fraud. Video showed him playing baseball. [Read more…]

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Workers’ comp fraud: Employee could go to jail for 20 years

A former Postal worker could spend 20 years in prison for workers’ comp fraud. That sounds like a long sentence, but it’s less than the 25 years prosecutors say he’s been defrauding the government. [Read more…]

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