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The reason we collaborate with law enforcement agencies

As a criminal justice agency, we regularly consult and partner with law enforcement and criminal justice agencies for our investigations. Municipal police departments, county sheriff’s offices, state agencies and federal offices, prosecutors at the city, county, state and federal level – BWC’s Special Investigations Department works with all types of agencies to investigate workers’ compensation fraud.

The reason is simple: One of the most effective ways to discover alternate methods of fraud detection and investigation is to consult or partner with other criminal justice and law enforcement agencies. Such collaboration allows SID to learn ways to accomplish tasks more efficiently and glean new strategies and technologies for conducting investigations.

Most frequently, our fraud investigators collaborate with other agencies to conduct joint criminal investigations of fraud suspects. They often execute search warrants with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies as well.

Here are just three examples of cases in which we received assistance from other law enforcement agencies:

  • Joseph Curto, of Conway, South Carolina, who had worked for seven employers since 1999 and used his wife’s Social Security number to report his earnings in an effort to conceal his income to continue receiving workers’ comp benefits. The Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General assisted in the out-of-state investigation;
  • Lawanna Porter, of Shaker Heights, who operated Palladium Healthcare, a home healthcare agency with more than 100 employees, failed to report having employees to various state agencies or to secure workers’ compensation, and failed to report her payroll to BWC. SID conducted this joint investigation with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit;
  • Daren L. Snyder, of Chillicothe, who was convicted of workers’ compensation fraud in 2011. However, when Snyder failed to meet the conditions of his probation, a warrant was issued for his arrest. On Nov. 25, 2014, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office arrested Snyder.

We are honored to be associated with other criminal justice and law enforcement agencies, and the many professionals who make up these organizations. We respect and appreciate their dedication to serving and protecting the citizens of Ohio.

Want to learn more? You can read the past posts about our history here and our current efforts here.

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