A recent crackdown on workers compensation fraud in New York State led to the arrests of 18 people in 13 counties.
The arrests were the result of a series of joint investigations led by DFS, along with the Office of the Inspector General of the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board, the New York State Insurance Fund and other insurers. All of those taken into custody are innocent until proven guilty.
Florida Man Handed Workers Comp Arrest
Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater recently announced the arrest of a North Port man as a result of a fraudulent workers compensation claim.
Jovan Bokun was arrested by detectives from the Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud and charged with workers comp fraud and grand theft after an investigation revealed that he submitted false insurance claim information regarding his physical capabilities. This false claim allowed him to collect more than $34,000 over a 5-year period in fraudulent workers comp benefits.
Bokun injured his left wrist while working as a general laborer. Bokun’s employer, Parker Hannifin Corporation, filed a workers comp claim with Underwriters, Safety and Claims Insurance on his behalf. Bokun misrepresented the extent of his injury and was subsequently captured on surveillance video using his injured hand to lift heavy objects.
It was determined that Bokun made false statements regarding his physical capabilities; Bokun had no work restrictions as previously asserted. Bokun was booked into the Sarasota County Jail. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison. [WCx]
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