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taxi-2118183_1920-300x185Two owners of transport and taxi companies in northern New York state have pleaded guilty to various fraud charges, including workers’ compensation and Medicaid fraud. These pleas are the latest developments in a two-year investigation into fraud led by the New York State Police in the Capital and Adirondack regions of the state.

Arshad Nazir, age 54, of Plattsburg is the owner of Capital Medallion, which does business under the name Avalanche Taxi. Nazir pleaded guilty to the federal felonies of Conspiracy to Defraud the United States and to Pay Healthcare Kickbacks and Conspiracy to Commit Healthcare Fraud. As part of his plea agreement, at a later date, Nazir will also plead guilty to charges leveled by the state—Failure to Secure Workers’ Compensation and Grand Larceny in the Second Degree. Nazir will be sentenced on June 18. He faces a fine of up to $250,000 and ten years in prison.
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columbus-1618317_1920-300x183Two business owners in Ohio have been convicted for failing to have workers’ compensation insurance coverage for their employees.

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.
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skyline-1509136_1920-300x231A company based in Houston, Texas has been ordered to pay a quarter of a million dollars after it was found to be involved in a workers’ compensation insurance scam.

The conviction was obtained by the prosecution unit of the Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC). The DWC’s investigation showed that, in the four-year period between 2008 and 2012, John Stergion, an employee of Alpha Mar, had both misrepresented the number of people employed by the company and also concealed payroll. Stergion’s actions resulted in reduced workers’ compensation insurance rates.
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dayton-ohio-20694_1920-300x150The three owners of a bar in Middletown, Ohio have been convicted of committing workers’ compensation fraud after pleading guilty to not providing their employees with the required coverage.

In Ohio, all employers with at least one employee are required to have workers’ compensation insurance coverage. The Employer Fraud Team (EFT) of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation became aware that the Old Crow Bar at 1217 Jackson Lane in Middletown were operating without workers compensation coverage for their workers. The EFT then sent agents to interview Lynn Howard, age 69, of Franklin, together with Chris Kraft, age 47, and John House, 53, of Middletown who together owned the Old Crow Bar. Agents explained to the owners that they were not compliant with the law and gave them instructions on how to open a policy with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
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calculator-1680905_1920-300x200A county commissioner in Glynn County, Georgia has been arrested together with his wife for workers’ compensation insurance fraud. Together, they are facing 15 felony counts, including six of insurance fraud. If convicted of any of the insurance fraud counts, they face mandatory prison time.

The Enforcement Division of the State Board of Worker’s Compensation had carried out a yearlong investigation into the business activities of Bob Coleman, age 69, and his wife Sherry Coleman, age 59, before they were arrested. The couple was indicted before a grand jury last week.
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