OH - Board Approves $1.5 Billion Rebate for Employers
The board of directors for the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation on Thursday approved a $1.5 billion rebate on premiums to 180,000 employers, making it the fourth billion-dollar rebate in six years.
The rebate amounts to about $8,300 per employer, and replaces 85% of what employers paid in premiums in 2017, the bureau announced. The checks should be in the mail by July.
The bureau said employers must pay any overdue premium amounts and submit outstanding payroll reports before June 8. Employers can do that, and can verify demographic and address information, by logging into their e-ac...
GA - Garage Door Company Owner Charged With Falsifying WC Insurance Coverage
The owner of a garage door company in the Atlanta-area has been charged with falsifying insurance coverage, the Georgia insurance commissioner announced this week.
Maria Estela Castillo, 34, of Lilburn, presented a proof of workers' compensation insurance to a subcontractor, claiming that her business was covered by Biltmore Insurance Agency. But an investigation showed the document to be false and that Biltmore never wrote a policy for the door company, according to a bulletin from the Insurance Department.
Castillo was booked into the Cobb County Jail and released on bond.
NY - Owners of 10 Medical Transport Companies Charged With False Billing, WC Fraud
The owners of 10 medical transport companies in upstate New York this week were charged with leading an extensive scheme to defraud the workers' compensation and Medicaid systems of millions of dollars, law enforcement officials announced.
“With these medical transport companies it was the New York taxpayers who were taken for a ride,” New York State Inspector General Leahy Scott said in a news release. “For years, the Northway corridor has been plagued with corruption in the medical transport industry, and this week’s law enforcement actions send a clear message t...
CA - Landscaper Pleads Guilty to Double-Dipping Charge
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A Southern California man pleaded guilty to one count of felony workers’ compensation fraud after investigators discovered that he worked as a landscaper while receiving disability benefits for an alleged injury that he suffered while working for another landscaping company, according to a report in the Ventura County Star.
Jose Alvizo-Rodriguez of Santa Paula will be sentenced on July 19. He faces a maximum of five years behind bars and a fine of $150,000, according to the newspaper.
Alvizo-Rodriguez, 46, filed a claim in July 2015 while working for Daley Landscaping in Ojai. He ...