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Fraud Finders follow-up: More BWC employees trained and recognized

For two decades, we’ve conducted regular fraud red-flag training for BWC’s claims, medical and employer service specialists. Fraud FindersWe’ve provided them with knowledge in detecting fraud as well as reviewed the various means to most efficiently refer their allegations to our department. This includes a “Report Fraud” icon on every desktop.

Why?

Since the mid-1990s, our internal Fraud Finders program has annually generated hundreds of cases and millions of dollars in savings. BWC employees furnished allegations that resulted in 581 cases closed by the Special Investigations Department (SID) during fiscal year 2014 alone. These cases identified a whopping $7.2 million in savings.

“We’ve found that educating staff about the red flags of fraud really helps them understand the many ways in which someone may attempt to commit workers’ compensation fraud,” said SID Director Jennifer Saunders.  “We’re grateful for the partnership of our staff and the general public who report their suspicions. Our success in uncovering fraud is due largely in part to them for taking action when something just doesn’t seem right.”

SID recently completed its latest round of fraud red-flag presentations and Fraud Finder recognitions at BWC’s 12 service offices around Ohio. Each event was led by a team of three special agents in charge, assistant special agents in charge and investigators. The SID facilitators thanked all fraud allegation sources within BWC for supporting our efforts to deter, detect and prosecute workers’ compensation fraud.

If you suspect workers’ compensation fraud, call 1-800-644-6292, visit bwc.ohio.gov, or visit facebook.com/ohiobwcfraud.

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