Rossi, aged 60, claimed to have suffered an injury to his right eye after having a co-worker blast a high-pressure water hose at him in 2015. Rossi purportedly said that the injury left him with severe headaches and blurry vision, making it difficult to drive his vehicle. As recompense, Rossi requested worker’s compensation benefits from the Cabrillo Unified School District.
James D. Coon, owner of James Coon Construction company in Akron, Ohio, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, a third-degree felony, on July 24th. The charges came after Gerardo ‘Jerry’ Juarez Sr., one of his workers, fell to death while working without safety equipment in 2017. Coon’s attorney has not made any statements as of yet.
Additionally, Coon further pleaded guilty to a workers’ compensation fraud charge, a fourth-degree felony, in a Summit county courtroom. According to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s (BWC) findings, Coon, 53, did not have any BWC coverage whatsoever when Juarez died.
Elizabeth Torres, a state employee from the Connecticut Department of Development Services, was taken into custody on July 30 under charges of fraud and larceny. Torres, aged 58, was accused of illegally taking more than $4,000 from the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program. Torres was arrested on a warrant that charged her with first-degree larceny. It is not known whether she has hired an attorney.
The warrant and subsequent arrest were made by Inspectors belonging to the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Control Unit from the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office. Torres was charged with larceny in the first degree for defrauding a Public Community and making fraudulent claims or receipt of benefits.
Jamie Serne of Fillmore, CA, pleaded guilty to committing workers’ compensation fraud, according to District Attorney, Gregory D. Totten. Serne is accused of making false statements to receive worker’s compensatory benefits.
As a result, D. Totten announced that Serne would be sentenced to formal probation for 36 months. One of the conditions of his probation is providing compensation to the insurance brokerage company, American Claims Management, of about $27,995. Along with this, Jaime has to serve in Ventura County Jail for almost 180 days.
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.