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Ex OH Police officer Sentenced for Fraud

by FraudReport 2. March 2018 12:28

Would you shoot yourself in the arm just to risk jail time and being criminally charged with fraud? Former Police Officer Bryan Eubanks would, and he was recently sentenced for doing just that.

Eubanks is a former Newcomerstown Police Officer who was sentenced on February 12th for several charges relating to a fake report that he had been shot on duty last April. His charges included inducing panic, making false alarms, tampering with evidence, forgery and workers compensation fraud.

Eubanks received 90 days in jail, a $2,500 fine and 500 hours of community service.

According to Cleveland 19 News, an investigation revealed that Eubanks had shot himself and made up a story about stopping a car whose driver opened fire. The story also caused a widespread manhunt for the imaginary gunman. 

Eubanks later admitted he was lying.

Eubanks’ attorney lays at least part of the blame on the former policeman being stressed to the breaking point, saying he suffering night terrors and telling Judge Edward O'Farrell, "Not everyone is cut out to be a police officer. He's not one of them."

On the other side of the argument, prosecutor Christian Sticken noted that Eubanks even went so far as to name a suspect -- a real, live innocent person. He added, "He didn't have to do that. He gave such detail, what clothing he was wearing. Things that were hard to see, they became suspicious.”

Eubanks has been fired by the police department and his peace officer certification will be revoked.

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FL Comp Fraud Caught on Tape

by FraudReport 12. May 2017 07:16

In our line of work, we know there are people willing to do almost anything to fraudulently obtain money from their insurance companies. This story is on the tamer side, but it serves as proof of how consumers will try to get money that doesn’t belong to them.

Taking place in Fort Lauderdale, FL, this example from Fox News shows Sheyla Veronica White sitting at her desk on a normal day. After a little while, the sprinkler head that was in the ceiling above her falls down onto her desk, after which she grabs it and proceeds to hit herself in the head with it. You can watch the video by clicking here.

Florida's Division of Investigative and Forensic Services was on the case after her employer’s insurance got suspicious and referred the incident to the incident to them. Detectives later requested security cam footage and were able to prove she staged the whole thing.

White was convicted for third-degree felony workers' compensation insurance fraud and sentenced to 18 months of probation. Luckily (kind of) for her, she didn’t have to pay any restitution because they caught the claim before any benefits went out to her.

Lt. Doreen Rivera, from the Florida Dept. of Financial Services' Fraud Division, says faking injuries is a common way that people try to cheat the system, though "claim fraud" is only the beginning. She says a lot of times it’s not even the employee, but the businesses, that try to defraud the system, either by lying about how many people they employ or how risky the work is, to avoid buying the proper level of insurance. She explained, “not having it is a felony and not having it is serious.  And why is it serious?  Because if a worker gets injured on the job and there's no coverage, they're going to have to cover their own medical costs and those medical bills can, you know, be staggering.”

She says she's seeing a new trend emerging; “it’s well identified down south and now it's emerging here. And that is basically when a business is created for the purposes for taking out a minimal workers’ comp policy.”

Rivera says contractors are paying a fee to these so-called shell companies to use their workers comp and not purchase their own, meaning a lot of people could be hidden under a policy designed for a few, thus defrauding the insurance company.

But no matter if it’s the employee or the business committing the fraud, authorities say it’s YOU who is getting hit with the higher costs.

“When they're defrauded, eventually that cost is going to trickle to higher premiums to businesses and trickle down to consumers as well.”

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