NY - Man Pleads Guilty to Trucking While Taking $8,000 in Benefits
An upstate New York truck driver pleaded guilty this week to perjury after receiving almost $8,000 in workers' compensation benefits while continuing to work.
Roger Decker, 48, of Lee Center, New York, gave false testimony in a hearing and falsified documents as part of a job application with the state, New York Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott's office said.
An investigation found that Decker was injured while working for an Oneida County trucking company in 2004. He began collecting benefits after that and later testified at a Workers' Compensation Board hearin...
NY - Rochester Man Pleads Guilty After Cashing Mom's Benefits Checks
A Rochester man this week pleaded guilty to forging his deceased mother's signature and cashing nearly $4,000 in benefits checks, the state Inspector General's Office said.
Curtis Wilson, 56, admitted to defrauding a workers' compensation carrier after his mom died in 2015. Investigators determined that Wilson continued to cash her workers' comp benefits checks, totaling $3,915, until February 2016.
He was sentenced in Rochester City Court to one year of conditional discharge.
The Inspector General's Office credited PMA Management Corp., a provider of workers...
TX - Alabama Man Sentenced for Taking Federal Benefits While Working for Botswana
An Alabama man who collected federal workers' compensation benefits while working for the Republic of Botswana has been sentenced to home confinement and $25 in court costs.
John E. Carroll pleaded guilty last fall in federal court in Waco, Texas, to filing false information on 10 forms between 2012 and 2016, so that he could earn federal employee compensation benefits, according to court records and a news report.
During that time, he earned almost $40,000 in salary and benefits as a project coordinator for the Botswana government.
The investigation was led by the U.S. Department of La...
OH - Man Indicted on Workers' Comp Fraud Charges
| 26 min read
An Ohio man was charged with three counts of workers' compensation fraud, according to local news reports.
Rodney Ashcraft, 60, of Findlay, Ohio, was indicted this week for allegedly defrauding the state-run Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation system of more than $7,500, the Courier reported Wednesday.
The newspaper reported that Ashcraft committed the fraud between 2015 and June of this year, according to a Hancock County grand jury. No details about the nature of the alleged crime were available.
FL - Company Cited After Worker's Throat Lacerated by Blade
| 15 min read
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a Florida construction company almost $58,000 after an employee suffered a serious laceration to his throat.
OSHA investigators determined that G&H Underground Construction had allowed a cutting machine to be operated without blade guards, the agency reported.
A worker in St. Augustine was cutting a concrete pipe when the blade kicked back, cutting the man's throat.
“Manufacturers equip power tools with safety devices to protect workers from serious injuries,” said OSHA Jacksonville Acting Area Office...