OH - Eight Plead Guilty to WC Fraud
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Eight Ohio residents, including a bus driver who was working two jobs while collecting benefits, pleaded guilty or no contest in recent weeks to defrauding the state-run workers' compensation system, authorities announced.
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Samantha Coleman, of Cincinnati, was injured while working as a bus driver in 2015. While collecting disability benefits, she worked as tax preparer and a security guard, according to a statement from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation.
Coleman pleaded guilty May 30 and was placed in a diversion program because she has no...
TX - Division Should Rethink Limits on Designated Doctor Testing, Chiropractor Says
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The Texas Division of Workers' Compensation should reconsider proposed rules that would limit the number of times an applicant can take the designated doctor test, a chiropractor said Monday.
At a public hearing on the proposed rules, Jeff Cunningham, representing the Texas Chiropractic Association, said the changes would not prevent someone from memorizing the test and selling the answers inappropriately, which the bureau aims to address.
If an applicant fails the test, the new rules would not allow it to be retaken more than three times in a six-month period. After the third attempt, t...
CA - Epic Appoints Brian Chu VP in Los Angeles
Epic Insurance Brokers and Consultants announced Monday the appointment of Brian Chu to vice president of its Southern California operations.
Chu will be based at the Epic practice group led by Principal Rose Nordbrock in downtown Los Angeles. He will report to Jim Gillette, president of Epic’s Pacific South Region.
Chu will be responsible for new business development, placement and management of property and casualty lines, and workers’ compensation, the brokerage said.
Chu previously worked for Crystal & Co., which was purchased by Alliant Insurance Services. ...
KY - Sullivan Not Guilty of Bribing Government Official
A Kentucky lobbyist on Monday was cleared of charges that he bribed a state official to win a contract for a workers' compensation claims management firm, but was convicted of offering bribes on behalf of law firms.
After two days of deliberations, a federal jury found lobbyist James Sullivan not guilty of three counts of bribing the Personnel Cabinet secretary to keep a lucrative contract with Sullivan's client, Cannon Cochran Management Services, the Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper reported Monday evening.
CCMSI had handled claims management for the Kentucky stat...