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The numbers are in: SID identified $60.1 million in savings last year

SID annual report FY 2014We are pleased to report that SID identified $60.1 million in savings over the past year, according to statistics outlined in BWC’s Special Investigations Department (SID) fiscal year (FY) 2014 annual report. The report, which was published today, reflects upon and reviews recent performance statistics, trends, and strategies for preventing and detecting fraud.

Since our department’s inception in 1993, we have closed nearly 61,000 cases and identified more than $1.5 billion in savings to the Ohio workers’ compensation system.

Among the more than 2,055 cases that were closed in FY 2014, 924 were closed-founded, meaning the original allegation was proven. The average savings identified among the 924 cases was more than $65,000. More than 250 of these cases were referred for prosecution, resulting in 149 indictments and 132 convictions. These 149 indictments were an 11 percent increase over last year.

During the last 12 months, SID staff continued their focus on technological advancements as well as emerging trends pertaining to fraud and abuse. Additionally, SID continued to use effective digital forensics and social media to root out otherwise undetected fraudulent activity, and to bring public attention to workers’ compensation fraud.

Comparatively, SID achieved the following in FY 2014:

  • Lowest number of cases open at year end in the last 15 years;
  • Lowest number of investigative lag days per closed case in the last seven years;
  • Highest savings identified in the last four years;
  • Highest savings identified per closed and per founded case in the last seven years;
  • Highest number of terabytes of data processed by our digital forensics unit;
  • Highest number of referrals in the last six years;
  • Third highest number of indictments in the last 15 years;
  • Highest percentage of founded cases referred for criminal prosecution in the last seven years.

Looking forward, FY 2014 marks the beginning of SID’s fourth strategic plan, which will serve as an operational guide for the next five years. The results of this level of planning are responsible for the success SID experienced in this past fiscal year.

Thank you for supporting our efforts to deter, detect and prosecute workers’ compensation fraud. Keep those tips coming!

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