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Happy Anniversary to our Fraud Hotline system!

November 17, 2020 Leave a comment Go to comments

International Fraud Awareness Week 2020

By Jeff Baker, Program Administrator, Central Operations, BWC Special Investigations Department

Our Special Investigations Department (SID) is celebrating the third anniversary of our Fraud Hotline system this month.

We launched this system on Nov. 14, 2017, during Fraud Awareness Week, and what a successful launch and three years it has been! We’ve received more than 3,900 calls since then from sources suspecting workers’ compensation fraud by injured workers, businesses, and health care providers. That’s an average of more than five each workday.

“Clearly, this important tool is working and we’re glad to have it,” said SID Director Jim Wernecke. “Fraud raises the cost of workers’ compensation for all of us, so the sooner we can stop it, the better.”

If you suspect workers’ compensation fraud in Ohio, give us a call at 1-800-644-6292 or complete a simplified online fraud referral form on our website, We will conduct an investigation and determine the facts.

Together, we are successfully combatting workers’ compensation fraud in Ohio.

Today, and always, we thank you for your support!

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