Special Agents Help Prove Worker's Compensation Fraud Cases
Agents investigate tips of people scamming the workers Compensation program.
Viewers responded after seeing a 10TV story on the scam.
The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation is showing us what it's doing to get your tax dollars back.
"In this case, she's getting ready to go to the culinary school for her training," said special agent in charge Dan Fodor.
10TV introduced you to Brooklyn Mieczkowski last week.
"She wasn't able to work, but attending school," Fodor said.
Worker's comp investigators secretly taped her for four months after getting a tip her injury that kept her from working was bogus.
"No cane, no crutches, no limp."
The tip was right.
Fodor says he depends on tips to help make people like Mieczkowski repay thousands of dollars in worker's compensation.
"Who knows how long she would have gone on with this act," he said.
We posted the fraud bust on the 10TV Facebook page and 10TV viewers flooded investigators with tips of others scamming the system.
"There were several allegations we received of similar situations people reporting people they knew that were doing something," Fodor said.
Special Agent Fodor is one of 75 field investigators who will investigate each tip.
Special agents investigate 285 allegations every month.
It adds up to 60 million dollars in savings for workers compensation and taxpayers.
So how can you spot someone cheating the system?
Fodor says they say they can't work - but they disappear for 6 to 8 hours at a time.
"They say they can't work but they are skydiving or going on their roof to repair," said Fodor.
And others brag about bilking the system.
"When you have people like this, it should make you angry. It should make you angry."
The bureau of worker's comp tells us the tips you left on the 10TV Facebook had never been brought to their attention.
They hope more people will visit the multiple platforms they have to report fraud.
Report fraud tips online: https://www.bwc.ohio.gov/bwccommon/forms/Fraud/default.asp
Report fraud tips on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ohiobwcfraud
Report fraud tips on twitter: https://twitter.com/OhioBWCFraud