Can You Spot the Workers Comp Fraud Red Flags?

Detecting Workers’ Compensation FraudCombating fraud in workers’ compensation claims is a skill that can prevent much frustration and save significant worker’ comp dollars.  While we can tell our readers the importance of fighting fraudulent claims and publish lists of red flag indicators of fraud, it is often difficult for the risk manager or workers’ compensation coordinator to separate the legitimate work comp claims from the bogus claims.

 

To assist you in recognizing the bogus claims, we are providing a sample claim, using the actual facts of a submitted workers’ compensation claim to see if you can recognize or spot ten red flags of a bogus claim (the name of the employee has been altered to protect the guilty).

 

 

The Claim:

 

John Doe works in an auto repair shop as a mechanic.  Upon arriving early for work on Monday morning, Mr. Doe went into the auto parts storeroom to get a part for the car he was going to work on.  While leaving the storeroom and using both hands to carry the heavy auto part in a box, he tripped over another box on the floor.  In an effort to keep from falling, he grabbed a storage shelf, twisting and injuring his shoulder as he fell to the floor.  No one saw him fall in the parts storage room as the other employees were just arriving for work.

 

Mr. Doe immediately reported the claim to the shop manager and explained to the manager how he fell over the box on the floor he did not see because of the box he was carrying with both hands.  The shop manager offered to take Mr. Doe to the nearest industrial medicine clinic, but Mr. Doe instead chose to take himself to his “family doctor”.  The family doctor took Mr. Doe off work and did not indicate when he would be able to return to work.

 

When the shop manager called Mr. Doe the next morning to see how he was doing, Mr. Doe’s wife stated he was sleeping and could be disturbed.  The shop manager waited and called Mr. Doe again that afternoon.  Per the wife, Mr. Doe had stepped out.  The shop manager asked for Mr. Doe’s cell phone number, but instead of providing the phone number, the wife promised to have Mr. Doe call the manager.  Mr. Doe almost immediately called the manager back to relay what the family doctor had said. The shop manager recorded the cell phone number of Mr. Doe.  When the shop manager called Mr. Doe’s cell phone the following week to see what the family doctor had to say after the second medical appointment, the background noises did not sound like the noise you would hear in a person’s home.

 

A second mechanic in the shop after being overworked for three weeks due to the absence of Mr. Doe advised the shop manager that he had heard through a mutual friend that Mr. Doe had injured his shoulder while rock climbing the weekend before the reported injury.

 

The claim has numerous red flags that could be a tip-off for workers’ comp fraud.  They are:

 

  1. Monday morning accident.  Almost twice as many accidents occur on Monday morning than any other morning of the week.  This is due to people claiming non-work related weekend injuries as work-related in order to not lose their source of income.

 

  1. Arriving early for work.  Unless the employee habitually arrives early for work, arrival for work early on the day of the alleged accident is an indicator the employee wanted to “have the accident” before other employees see he is injured.

 

  1. Not seeing a hazard he had just seen moments earlier. If boxes on the floor were a common occurrence, the employee would be careful about watching where he was going.  If a box on the floor was unusual, the employee would have made a mental note to avoid it.

 

  1. The mechanism of injury does not make sense.  If the employee was using both hands to carry a heavy box, how did he have a hand free to grab the storage shelf?

 

  1. The accident was not witnessed.  Bogus injury claims almost always occur where no one else will see the accident happen.

 

  1. The selection of a particular doctor over a more qualified doctor who specializes in treating injured employees.  This is normally a sign the employee wants a doctor who will accommodate his desire to be off work.

 

  1. A doctor who does not address return to work This is normally because the injured employee tells the doctor that he does not feel he will be able to meet his job requirements.

 

  1. The employee being asleep when he would normally be awake.  Unless the doctor has prescribed some very strong pain killers, the employee should be available to talk to the employer.

 

  1. The employee not being at home.  Occasionally not home is understandable, repeatedly not home/not available is usually a sign the employee has something better to do than being at home, i.e., possibly another job, either short-term or long-term.  Background noises that don’t sound like a spouse or a television often are an indicator the employee is working elsewhere.

 

  1.  Tips from co-workers.  This is probably the strongest evidence of fraud and should be investigated thoroughly.

 

None of these red flags by themselves are proof of fraud, nor is a combination of two red flags.  However, the more red flags the employer sees on a claim, the higher the probability the claim is fraudulent.  If you see multiple reasons to question the validity of a claim, the insurance adjuster and the special investigative unit of the insurer should be notified as to why you believe the claim to be questionable.

 

 

 

Michael Stack - AmaxxAuthor Michael Stack, CEO Amaxx LLC. He is an expert in workers’ compensation cost containment systems and helps employers reduce their workers’ comp costs by 20% to 50%.  He works as a consultant to large and mid-market clients, is a co-author of Your Ultimate Guide To Mastering Workers Comp Costs, a comprehensive step-by-step manual of cost containment strategies based on hands-on field experience, and is founder & lead trainer of Amaxx Workers’ Comp Training Center .

 

Contact: mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.

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Do not use this information without independent verification. All state laws vary. You should consult with your insurance broker, attorney, or qualified professional.

The RED FLAGS of Workers Comp Fraud

workers compensation red flags of fraudA critical part of controlling workers’ compensation costs is to put into place solid investigation techniques.  No matter how severe or minor a workplace injury, each case needs to be reviewed to identify any fraudulent claims and take appropriate action.

 

When communicating with employees, make it clear that the company will:

 

 

  • Identify corrective measures

 

  • Watch for minor extensions of days out of work and outright fraudulent claims.

 

 

Review these Red Flags of Fraud and request an investigation if you suspect a claim is illegitimate or exaggerated.
 

 

Injured Worker Red Flags:

 

  • Injury reported late, to an attorney or to the state commission before reporting it to the employer.

 

  • Fails to attend weekly meetings.

 

 

  • Is never home when you phone, especially during regular workday hours.

 

  • Has only a postal box rather than a home address.

 

  • Misses doctor appointments.

 

  • Is known to perform seasonal activities, hobbies, or work.

 

  • Has moved out of town or out of state.

 

  • Disputes average weekly wage due to additional income.

 

  • Files for benefits in a state other than the main location.

 

  • Disputes information supplied by the employer on “First Report of Injury” notice.

 

  • Refuses to cooperate in claim investigation.

 

  • Has an unstable work history.

 

  • Has recently been terminated, demoted, or passed over for promotion.

 

  • Has a prior history of injury management or liability claims.

 

  • Makes excessive demands or is pressing for a quick settlement.

 

  • Carries little or no health insurance.

 

 

Medical Flags:

 

  • Medical reports are repetitive, indicating continuing, constant pain with conservative medical treatment

 

  • The word “disproportionate” is used in medical reports

 

  • The doctor mentions there is “facial grimacing”

 

  • Positive “Waddell Tests” (test for low back pain) are mentioned

 

 

Workplace Flags:

 

  • Employer experiencing labor difficulties (i.e., layoffs, strikes, walkouts).

 

  • Tips from fellow workers, friends, or relatives.

 

  • The insurance company wants to settle the claim for a considerable amount of money.

 

 

“Things” just don’t ADD UP! Trust your gut, and if something seems off, be sure to check it out.

 

 

Michael Stack - AmaxxAuthor Michael Stack, CEO Amaxx LLC. He is an expert in workers’ compensation cost containment systems and helps employers reduce their workers’ comp costs by 20% to 50%.  He works as a consultant to large and mid-market clients, is a co-author of Your Ultimate Guide To Mastering Workers Comp Costs, a comprehensive step-by-step manual of cost containment strategies based on hands-on field experience, and is the founder & lead trainer of Amaxx Workers’ Comp Training Center.

 

Contact: mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.

Workers’ Comp Roundup Blog: https://blog.reduceyourworkerscomp.com/

 

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Do not use this information without independent verification. All state laws vary. You should consult with your insurance broker, attorney, or qualified professional.

Massachusetts Workers Comp Fraud Charges

 

Trying to reportedly scam the workers compensation system in their state, a pair of Massachusetts individuals have been charged in with workers comp fraud from illegally collecting benefits while continuing to work,
 
According to Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office, Medgine Dufrene, 28, of Mattapan, is charged with Workers Compensation Fraud and Larceny Over $250. According to authorities Dufrene suffered a work related injury and began receiving temporary total disability benefits through her insurer in June 2011 and subsequently certified that she was not working. In January 2012, Dufrene’s insurer learned that she was allegedly working for another employer while collecting benefits.
 
 
Pair Allegedly Obtained More Than $11K in Temporary Benefits
 
Authorities allege that between June 2011 and January 2012, Dufrene fraudulently received more than $7,000 in temporary total disability benefits while continuing to be employed.
 
Michael McLaughlin, 49, of Hull, is charged with Workers Compensation Fraud and Larceny Over $250. According to authorities McLaughlin suffered a work related injury and began receiving temporary total disability benefits through his insurer in February 2010 and subsequently certified that he was not working. In June 2010, both McLaughlin’s insurer and the IFB came across tips that he was in fact working.
 
According to authorities, between July 2010 and October 2010, McLaughlin fraudulently obtained more than $4,000 in temporary total disability benefits while continuing to be employed.
 
District Court complaints were filed against Dufrene in Boston Municipal Court and against McLaughlin in Hingham District Court. Dufrene was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court where she pleaded not guilty and was released on personal recognizance. She is scheduled for a pretrial conference March 27.
 
McLaughlin was arraigned in Hingham District Court where he pleaded not guilty and was released on personal recognizance. He is slated for a pretrial conference March 20.
 
 
Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com.  Contact: mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.
 
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Do not use this information without independent verification. All state laws vary. You should consult with your insurance broker, attorney, or qualified professional about workers comp issues.

Pair of Californians Charged in Alleged Workers Comp Scam

Two for the price of one.
 
As it turns out, Ventura County (Calif.) District Attorney Gregory Totten recently reported the filing of a felony complaint against Keri Atwood, 28, and Michael Atwood, 36, of Santa Paula. Both defendants are charged with committing workers compensation fraud and conspiracy. Keri Atwood is also charged with grand theft and burglary.
 
According to investigators, Keri Atwood, a civilian employee of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, notified her supervisors that she suffered an injury to her left ankle. According to Keri Atwood, the injury took place when another employee accidentally struck the back of her foot with a mail cart. She was placed on Temporary Total Disability (TTD) status and obtained more than $29,000 in disability pay.
 
 
Seen Partaking in Physical Activity
 
The story continued to unfold as Keri Atwood used crutches or a wheelchair to get to her medical appointments. Once her medical appointments were done for the day, she was reportedly seen strolling freely minus the aid of crutches or a wheelchair.
 
She was also reportedly seen partaking in a number of physical activities that she had informed her treating physicians she could not perform. Michael Atwood drove Keri Atwood to her doctors' visits and was reportedly silent about her true physical condition.
 
The defendants were taken into custody on Feb. 7 by investigators from the California Department of Insurance.
 
If convicted, Keri Atwood faces a maximum sentence of nine years and eight months in county jail. Michael Atwood is looking at a maximum sentence of four years and four months in county jail.
 
Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com.  Contact: mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.
 
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Do not use this information without independent verification. All state laws vary. You should consult with your insurance broker, attorney, or qualified professional about workers comp issues.

Workers Comp Fraud Leads To 4.5 Months In Jail

Workers Comp Fraud Leads to 4.5 Months In Jail
 
Proving once again that crime does not pay, an investigation from Washington State’s Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) recently led to a four-and- a-half month jail sentence for a Kettle Falls woman. The individual confessed to stealing more than $30,000 in workers compensation benefits.
 
According to the story by L&I, Heather L. Payne, 22, was sentenced in Thurston County Superior Court late last month, after admitting to using forged signatures to obtain $30,945 in workers comp benefits. As part of the sentencing she agreed to reimburse L&I for the stolen funds.
 
 
Forged Signature to Receive Deceased Father’s Pension
 
Until his death in 2001, Payne’s father received an L&I pension due to a workplace injury that left him permanently disabled. Due to the fact she was a minor at the time, Payne was awarded survivor benefits.
 
As authorities pointed out, when she turned 18, Payne was entitled to continued support as long as she remained a full-time student. L&I requires the recipients of these benefits to regularly submit paperwork verifying they are still in school.
 
In October 2010, L&I staff noticed inconsistencies in the forms Payne submitted.
 
As staff began to investigate, they came across the fact that she had dropped out of school in early 2010. In an interview, she admitted to submitting a forged signature in order to continue receiving the pension benefits.
 
Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com.  Contact: mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.
 
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Do not use this information without independent verification. All state laws vary. You should consult with your insurance broker, attorney, or qualified professional about workers comp issues.

Former Illinois Police Officer Indicted on Workers Comp Fraud Charges

 

Received Workers Compensation for Injuries Allegedly at Work
 
A Madison County, Illinois grand jury has indicted a former Maryville police officer on charges relating to a fraudulent workers compensation claim.
 
According to information through the State's Attorney's General office, Richard A. Turner, 43, is facing a number of charges involving a claim he made while working for the Maryville Police Department in 2009.
 
Turner is reported to have claimed in February 2009 that he suffered a back injury while at work. As a result, Turner received employment compensation from the village of Maryville. Also, the insurance provider for the village also paid for all medical expenses tied to the treatment of his injury as well as employment compensation while Turner was off work for his disability.
 
 
Investigation Revealed Injury Outside of Police Force
 
Investigators within the Maryville Police Department conducted an investigation once they came across questionable circumstances. It was determined that while Turner had indeed suffered an injury, it did not occur during his capacity as a police officer.
 
In cooperation with the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office, the results of the investigation were presented recently to a grand jury. Turner was charged with two counts of theft (Class 1 and 2 felony). The Class 2 theft charge accuses Turner of defrauding the village of more than $38,000 while the Class 1 theft charge accuses him of defrauding their carrier, the Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association, of more than $150,000.
 
Turner, who has since resigned from the force, is also looking at a pair of counts of unlawful violation of workers comp act (Class 4 Felony) for both filing a fraudulent workers comp claim and then lying to his physician about the nature of his injuries.
 
 
Could Face Jail Time
 
Bond was set at $10,000 for Turner by Circuit Judge Rich Tognarelli. Maximum penalty for a Class 1 Felony is four to 15 years in prison; three to seven years in prison for a Class 2 and one to three years in prison for a Class 4 felony.
 
 
Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.comContact: mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.
 
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Do not use this information without independent verification. All state laws vary. You should consult with your insurance broker, attorney, or qualified professional about workers comp issues.

Former Florida Corrections Officer Could Face 30 Years For Alleged Comp Scam

 

Collected over $2.7 Million in Workers Comp Payments
 
Florida officials recently announced that a former state corrections officer was arrested, accused of faking an illness and collecting over $2.7 million in workers compensation payments.
 
According to authorities, 47-year-old David Brownell used to work as an officer at the Glades Correctional Institution in Belle Glade. In 1995, Brownell allegedly filed a workers comp claim, saying his work at the institution exposed him to rats and rat feces that led to respiratory problems and 24-hour-a-day dependency on oxygen.
 
 
Extensive Video Surveillance Proved Him Guilty
 
Authorities say extensive video surveillance shows that Brownell not only doesn't need oxygen tanks to breathe, but is able to play guitar in a band, attend a concert, drive and smoke.
 
Brownell, who now lives in Tampa, turned himself in recently, wearing an oxygen mask at the time of his arrest.
 
He was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail, and released on $50,000 bond.
 
Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater says if convicted, Brownell could face up to 30 years in prison.
 
 
Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.comContact: mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.
 
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Do not use this information without independent verification. All state laws vary. You should consult with your insurance broker, attorney, or qualified professional about workers comp issues.

Worker Cut Down After Fraudulently Working at Lawn Care Business

 

Caught On Camera Working At Lawn Care Business
 
A Columbus, Ohio man has been sentenced for workers compensation fraud after the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) caught him on camera working at his lawn care business while he claimed he was unable to work due to a workplace injury.
 
Michael Dickerson was sentenced in a Franklin County courtroom and must repay nearly $30,000 in restitution and investigative costs.
 
"Despite claiming to be permanently disabled, Mr. Dickerson was observed performing physical labor inconsistent with his supposed condition," said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. "As a business owner, he should have understood the potential for severe consequences of misrepresenting his ability to work."
 
 
Received Anonymous Allegation
 
BWC's Special Investigations Department (SID) received an anonymous allegation that Dickerson was operating a lawn care business while receiving workers' compensation benefits following a workplace injury. The allegation also indicated Dickerson was asking his customers to pay him in cash so he would not be traced by BWC.
 
SID conducted surveillance on multiple occasions and observed Dickerson using a push mower, riding mower, leaf blower and weed trimmer at residential, retail and church properties. This work activity all occurred while Dickerson was receiving Permanent Total Disability. SID interviewed customers who confirmed they paid Dickerson by check and cash for mowing their lawns. Dickerson acknowledged during an interview that he knew he should not have been working.
 
Dickerson was indicted in June and pleaded guilty to one felony count of workers comp fraud in November.
 
 
Sentenced to 12 Months in Prison & Fines
 
He was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for a three year period of community control. He was also ordered to pay $18,673.06 in restitution and $10,000 in investigation costs.
 
 

Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com

Contact: mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.

 

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Do not use this information without independent verification. All state laws vary. You should consult with your insurance broker, attorney, or qualified professional about workers comp issues.

Workers Comp Fraud Physiotherapist Pleads Guilty

 

Jurry Sehunoe, 34, the self-confessed fraud physiotherapist will be sentenced by the Pretoria (South Africa) Specialized Commercial Crimes Court  for defrauding the Department of Labour’s (DoL) Compensation Fund (CF) $200,000, according to South Africa’s Department of Labour.
 
Magistrate N. Setshogoe confirmed in court recently that the State had received the outstanding pre-sentencing reports from the Correctional Services and social workers, which were key in the sentencing process.
 
 
Pleaded Guilty in October 2011
 
Sehunoe, from Rustenburg in the North West, pleaded guilty in October 2011 to defrauding the Department of Labour of $200,000. He was arrested in 2010 together with fellow co-accused, former Department of Labour employees – Maxwell Ramaphosa and Samuel Mfeleng. The three men first made their appearance in Court in March 2010.
 
After what appears to be an initial indulgence in ‘delaying tactics’ by the accused, Sehunoe broke ranks and made a U-turn in October last year and pleaded guilty.
Sehunoe pleaded guilty to 15 counts of fraud and 26 counts of money laundering.
 
In a separation of trial, Ramaphosa and Mfeleng’s matter was transferred to the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court. They have since pleaded not guilty, and were due to appear in Court again, both out on a bail of $3,000.
 
In his statement of admission of guilt, Sehunoe, through his legal representative, Advocate Keitumetsi Mogale, admitted to having received huge amounts of money that were channeled into his personal bank account and that of his businesses which included a driving school and a maintenance/construction company.
 
 
Monies Transferred to Personal Bank Account
 
In the statement Sehunoe further told the Court that the monies were allegedly being transferred to his account by fellow alleged co-accused Ramaphosa and Mfeleng. He said he had earlier informed them that he was no longer comfortable with their continued transfer of substantial sums of money into his accounts which he felt “it is not done in good faith and not entitled to”. 
 
Sehunoe has since been told by the Court to compensate the Department of Labour for the money deposited ‘unfaithfully into his accounts.
 
The Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) in the Office of the National Director of Public Prosecutions added to Sehunoe’s woes when it announced it had made an application for the seizure of his assets in terms of the Prevention of Organized Crime Act.
 
In February, the AFU issued a statement that in terms of the Organised Crimes Act it has seized Sehunoe’s property worth $200,000 which included a house, household items as well as two vehicles.
 
 
Submitted Fictitious Claims
 
The fraudsters’ misdeeds include working in collaboration with alleged fellow co-accused to swindle the Department of Labour millions of dollars by submitting fictitious claims and changing personal details of claimants and by-passing electronic systems by using trickery processes to channel payments into their own accounts.
 
The Compensation Fund is a public entity of the Department of Labour. The Fund provides cover for workers injured at work or for diseases sustained during work.
 
 

Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com

Contact: mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.

 

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Do not use this information without independent verification. All state laws vary. You should consult with your insurance broker, attorney, or qualified professional about workers comp issues.

Employee Paying the Piper for Workers Comp Fraud

 

A South Carolina man has been ordered to repay the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) more than $140,000 for holding several jobs and concealing earnings while receiving permanent disability benefits, according to BWC.

 

 

Pleaded Guilty to Workers Comp Fraud

 

Joseph Curto of Conway, SC, recently pleaded guilty to workers comp fraud and was sentenced in a Franklin County courtroom.

 

“Working multiple jobs and intentionally concealing income to continue receiving workers comp benefits is a crime in Ohio, no matter where you reside,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. “We are pleased to uncover fraud cases like this, while reserving permanent disability for those who truly cannot work due to their occupational injury or illness.”

 

 

Received Report of Additional Employment

 

Curto was injured on the job while working for an Ohio based company and awarded Permanent Total Disability benefits. The Intelligence Unit in BWC’s Special Investigations Department identified a possible issue after receiving a report that Curto was employed by a trucking firm.

 

Agents traveled there to South Carolina and confronted Curto at the job site. He confessed to working for Unlimited Sanitation in Conway. He also admitted to working for several other employers since 1999, including C & C Trucking, Prestige Trucking, White Trucking, Winterplace Ski Resort, O’Reilly Auto Parts and Natural Nutrients.

 

 

Used Wife’s Social Security Number to Conceal Income

 

Curto also admitted that he used his wife’s Social Security Number to report his earnings in an effort to conceal his income. The Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General provided employment information and assisted in the investigation.

 

Curto was indicted in February and pleaded guilty in August. He was sentenced in early November to 18 months incarceration, suspended for four years of community control.

 

He must also pay restitution in the amount of $143,203.33 and maintain viable employment.

 

 

Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com.

Contact: mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.

 

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Do not use this information without independent verification. All state laws vary. You should consult with your insurance broker, attorney, or qualified professional about workers comp issues.

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