FL - Bookkeeper Sentenced for Defrauding Comp Lawyer of $1.5 Million
| 6 min read
A well-known workers' compensation lawyer and longtime Miami Marlins baseball "super fan" has been defrauded of $1.5 million by his own bookkeeper, authorities said.
Bookkeeper Maria Alonso, 59, pleaded guilty this week to bank fraud. She was sentenced to four years in prison and must pay restitution, according to a Florida news report. She worked for Laurence Leavy, a Davie, Florida, claimants' attorney who for years could be seen in the stands behind home plate of Marlins games, wearing an orange team jersey.
For several years, Alonso created bogus vendor invoices an...
NY - Bronx Mover Was Shaking Off the Law, Collecting $19,000 in WC Benefits
| 1 min read
New York authorities this week charged a man with stealing more than $19,000 in workers' compensation benefits after he claimed injury in Connecticut and began work for a moving company in the Bronx.
Darren Henderson, 58, reported that he was injured while working as a driver for a Connecticut moving company in 2013, and began collecting benefits, authorities said in a news release.
An investigation showed that in 2014, he began work for a Bronx-based moving company while representing to the insurance carrier that he was unable to work.
He collected some $19,622 in benefits, a...
NY - Woman Pleads to Forging Dead Mom's Signature to WC Checks
| 1 min read
A Rochester woman pleaded guilty this week to forging her dead mom's signature and collecting $2,400 in workers' compensation benefits.
Devon Lloyd-Fountain, 45, cashed eight benefit checks after her mother died in late 2015, according to the New York State Workers' Compensation Fraud Inspector General. Lloyd-Fountain deposited the checks in relatives' bank accounts, then withdrew the money for her own use.
Lloyd-Fountain's sentencing is set for Aug. 9. The state's Special Funds Conservation Committee and the state police assisted in the investigation.