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Spotlight: Digital Forensics Unit

Each day, we place a great deal of trust in our electronic devices. We are confident that they will effectively perform their designed tasks and protect the information we store on them. Like all tools, however, technology can be used for good and useful purposes, but it may just as easily be used to cause harm.Fraud blog image 1-17-14

BWC investigators rely on the Special Investigations Department’s (SID) Digital Forensics Unit (DFU) to extract data from the devices criminals use while committing workers’ compensation fraud.

Computers, laptops, tablets, servers, and smartphones all contain stored data, but may also contain information about how and when devices are  used. Many criminals believe their level of technical knowledge will ensure that their actions remain hidden. However, using digital forensics, the DFU may be able to recover critical evidence. DFU provides support to BWC agents through forensic imaging as well as analysis and processing of electronic data. Through their combined experience, specialized training and certification as Certified Forensic Computer Examiners, the digital forensic analysts of the DFU have proven themselves to be invaluable to SID’s operations.

Using their investigative techniques and Social Media, DFU forensic analysts successfully located fugitives Randy and Robin Hammond, who had fled to the town of Hurricane, Utah. DFU’s information gathering helped lead to their arrest, extradition back to Ohio and subsequent conviction in the summer of 2012 on charges of workers’ compensation fraud and complicity.

In 2013, DFU shattered its own record of success when it processed more than 27,000 gigabytes of data. This quantity of data is equivalent to the printed content stored in 27 Columbus Metropolitan Library main branch buildings. Thus, the unit more than doubled the impressive level of performance it achieved during 2012.

Thank you for your interest in learning more about a workers’ compensation system that serves hundreds of thousands of deserving, law-abiding citizens in the state of Ohio. Check out archived articles here to learn more about helping us continue to protect the state of Ohio. Complete an online form or contact our toll-free fraud hotline, 1-800-644-6292, to report any suspicion of Ohio worker’s compensation fraud.

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  1. August 22, 2014 at 9:34 am

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