TX - Lawyer Gets Max Sentence in Scheme to Defraud Federal WC
A Dallas lawyer with roots in Zimbabwe has been sentenced to the maximum, 10 years in prison, for his role in defrauding the federal workers' compensation system of almost $30 million.
Tshombe Anderson arranged to have his niece work as an intern at the U.S. Department of Labor so that she could access the files of injured workers, the Dallas Morning News reported.
"Anderson stole patient information from over 200 injured federal workers and then used the information to fraudulently bill OWCP [workers' comp], enriching himself and others with taxpayer dollars intended for ...
NH - Senate Defunds Firefighter Cancer Benefits Bill
A bill that would provide a funding source for New Hampshire firefighters' cancer benefits now awaits action in a House committee after it was gutted in the Senate, according to a local news report.
SB 541, sponsored by state Sen. Dan Innis, R-New Castle, would have placed a surcharge on insurance policies to fund workers' compensation benefits for firefighters who've been diagnosed with cancer.
The bill cleared a Senate committee, but the surcharge was removed on the Senate floor and replaced with a study commission, a SeacoastOnline editorial wrote Friday. Insurance groups oppo...
KY - Attorney General Sues Drug Companies Over Opioid Crisis
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Kentucky has joined a growing list of states suing drug manufacturers because of the opioid addiction crisis.
Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear filed the lawsuit for the state, alleging that pharmaceutical giants Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals engaged in deceptive marketing that led to widespread addiction to painkillers, The Hill news site reported.
"To make that happen, Janssen and other opioid makers had to turn the standard of care on its head — persuading doctors that drugs they had been unwilling to pres...
FL - Man Arrested in Fake Business Insurance Scheme
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A Florida man has been arrested for allegedly selling business insurance policies and pocketing the premiums while providing false documentation of coverage.
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Michael Christopher Hensley, owner of BOSC Insurance Co. and Hensley Insurance Co., admitted to stealing $61,954 in insurance premiums between 2011 and 2018 in Orange County, the Florida Department of Financial Services said in a news release.
Hensley’s arrest followed an investigation by the department’s Disaster Fraud Action Strike Team, which is working in areas heavily impacted...