The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has unsealed the indictments of nine pharmacists who were charged last week for their alleged participation in a $12.1 million health care fraud scheme executed in Michigan and Ohio.
Eric L. Hughes, age 53, is a contractor based in Holland, a suburb of Toledo in north-west Ohio. According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Hughes has been operating in the Toledo area since 1993 under the business names “Eric L Hughes Sr” and “Idp Maintenance.” The BBB estimates Hughes’ companies generate about $70,000 per year in revenue.
Robert Tate, age 50, of Mansfield in north-central Ohio, is owner and operator of Elite TNT Enterprises LLC, a trucking and freight hauling business. Elite TNT Enterprises opened its doors in December 2016. It was only a few months later, however, that the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) learned that Tate was operating his business without workers’ compensation insurance coverage for his employees.
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) will cut the cost of the average premium rate for private employers by 20 percent. This is the largest single reduction in almost 60 years and follows the 12 percent reduction in premiums approved last year.
Stephanie McCloud, administrator/CEO of BWC, said, “We’re pleased to continue the trend of falling rates with a reduction that will save Ohio private employers more than $200 million next year.” These are, she said, the ninth reduction in workers compensation rates in Ohio since 2008.
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) first began investigating James T. Wilson, age 53, of New Albany when it was suspected the two companies he was owner and president of were operating without workers’ compensation coverage. Wilson ran both Performance Companies—which specialized in paving as well as hauling topsoil, concrete, and stone—and the Enviro Recycling Group, which specialized in the recycling of metal, asphalt, and concrete.