Employer Fraud

Employer Fraud

The Employer Fraud Team has dedicated staff located throughout the state, exclusively investigating alleged fraud committed by employers. When employers fail to pay full premiums, other, law-abiding employers lose business and are forced to pay increased premiums to cover the claims costs that are not properly covered by the fraudulent employers.

An employer’s use of the common employer fraud schemes may vary over time. For example, an employer could be non-compliant by delaying coverage, by failing to secure coverage on or from the date the employer was first required to have coverage, and then reporting a falsified, later date as the first required coverage date. Also, an employer could be non-compliant by underreporting payroll for intermittent payroll periods or by lapsing coverage for a time period, then securing reinstatement of coverage.

Common Employer Fraud Schemes:

  • Ceasing to pay for workers’ compensation coverage (lapsing coverage);
  • Underreporting payroll by misclassifying employees; e.g., using inaccurate manual codes; and
  • Underreporting payroll by misrepresenting type of employees; e.g., treating employees as independent contractors.

To report fraud online, please visit: http://bit.ly/reportfraud.
To speak with a fraud hotline agent, please call: 1-800-OHIOBWC.

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  1. December 2, 2011 at 9:10 am

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