MA - Halloween Attack on Trolley Operator Was Alleged Fraud Scheme
A Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority trolley operator has been charged with fraudulently collecting workers’ compensation and disability insurance benefits after allegedly paying someone to attack him on the job in 2016.
The Suffolk County Grand Jury on Wednesday returned indictments charging Thomas Lucey, 46, of Saugus, with two counts of insurance fraud and single counts of workers’ compensation fraud, misleading a police investigation, and perjury.
During the attack, just after midnight on Oct. 30, 2016, a man in dark coveralls wearing a “Michael Myers” Hal...
CA - QME Dies in Private Plane Crash in San Diego
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A San Diego orthopedic surgeon who served as a qualified medical evaluator died when his private airplane crashed shortly after takeoff, according to news reports.
Dr. John Seroki, 61, was embarking on a solitary flight to Yuma, Arizona, at 6:30 a.m. when his single-engine Cirrus SR22T crashed into a construction site in San Diego’s Kearny Mesa neighborhood.
Seroki practiced at the Yuma Regional Medical Center and at Scripps Memorial Hospital in San Diego, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. He had offices in University City, Chula Vista and Yuma, Arizona, the Fox 5 televis...
OH - BWC Marks More Progress in Reducing Opioid Dependence
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The number of injured workers who depend on opioids has declined 19% in Ohio’s workers’ compensation system, the sixth year in a row that the number has fallen since the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation adopted a formulary.
BWC Pharmacy Director Nick Trego told the agency’s board of directors during a meeting Thursday that the number of injured workers who met or exceeded the threshold of being clinically dependent on opioids fell to 3,315 at the end of fiscal year 2017, a 19% drop from 2016 and a 59% decrease since 2011, the BWC said in a ...
AK - Governor Reportedly Appoints Labor Rep to Employer Seat on WCB
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Alaska Gov. Bill Walker reportedly appointed a labor representative to fill a seat on the Workers’ Compensation Board that is reportedly required by law to be filled by a person representing employers, according to website mustreadalaska.com.
Gov. Bill Walker
Walker’s office has not released a statement announcing any appointments to the WCB. But mustreadalaska.com reports that the governor appointed Chad Bolduc to replace Chuck Collins, an employer representative whose term expires March 1.
Bolduc, according to mustreadalaska.com, was a state employee and served on the b...