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Ohio Woman Must Repay $32K in Workers’ Comp Benefits

An Ohio woman was ordered to repay more than $32,000 in connection with working while collecting workplace injury benefits. Laura Brown pleaded guilty April 9 in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to workers’ compensation fraud, a fifth-degree felony. “Ms. …

Former Oklahoma Police Officer Sentenced in Auto Insurance Scam

A former police officer has been sentenced to serve 10 days of weekend imprisonment and three years of supervised probation in an auto insurance fraud case, according to Sanford C. Coats, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. Clinton …

Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Workers’ Comp Fraud; Ordered to Repay $806K

Texas Mutual Insurance Co. reported that Howard Douglas Whiddon of Dripping Springs pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud-related charges in a Travis County district court. The court sentenced Whiddon to 10 years’ deferred adjudication and 160 hours of community service, …

Illinois Pharmacist Sentenced to 7 Years for Identity Theft, Insurance Fraud

An Illinois pharmacist has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for stealing customers’ identities to make fake prescriptions and collect money from insurance companies. Federal prosecutors say 76-year-old Ronald Kielar of Mundelein collected more than $1.7 million by …

Ohio Man Ordered to Repay $60K in Workers’ Comp Death Benefits

An Ohio man has been ordered to repay nearly $60,000 in workers’ compensation death benefits, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation reported. Adam Osterman pleaded guilty Feb. 13 in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to one count of …

Ohio Chiropractor Owes nearly $70K for Workers’ Comp Fraud

An Ohio chiropractor was sentenced to pay nearly $70,000 in restitution and investigation costs to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). Tariq Arif pleaded guilty Jan. 13 in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to one count of …

Missouri Settles with Nationwide Insurance over Workers’ Comp Inconsistencies

Missouri insurance regulators announced a settlement agreement with Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Co. and Farmland Mutual Insurance Co. following a market conduct examination into the companies’ handling of workers’ compensation insurance. Department of Insurance Director John M. Huff reported that as …

Former Ohio Resident Owes $40K to Work Comp Bureau

An Ohio man owes the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) more than $40,000 after he was discovered working while receiving workers’ comp benefits. Dominic Musarra, who was working as a satellite cable installer in Point Pleasant, W.Va., was charged …

Kansas Attorney Sentenced on Insurance Fraud Charges

A Sharon Springs, Kan., attorney and former insurance agent has been ordered to repay $47,685 and will serve 18 months’ probation after pleading guilty to forgery, failing to forward an insurance premium, theft by deception and false impersonation, Kansas Attorney …

Judge: Fraud Convict’s Wife Can’t Get Policy Money

The wife of a man convicted of bilking millions of dollars out of people in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and elsewhere in an investment fraud scheme cannot collect proceeds from his insurance policy, a federal judge ruled. Verlin Swartzendruber, …