Written by Elizabeth Smith,
L&I's Assistant Director for
Fraud Prevention and
Jul. 23, 2013
Bounty hunters returned Randal R. Goins to Washington State where he faces charges he cheated former employees of over $350,000 in unpaid wages, penalties and interest. A former Washington resident, Goins was found running a new business in Florida under a different name.
Jun. 5, 2013
As one North Carolina woman found out, when committing fraud it pays to avoid the cameras … and the Showcase Showdown too.
May. 17, 2013
Jose Ramon Amaya-Hernandez thought he found the perfect way to score narcotics – show up at a hospital claiming to be in pain due to a work related injury. However, investigators with the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) uncovered his scam.
According to prosecutors, Amaya-Hernandez filed a total of 53 claims for injuries over a three year period. The claims were filed at a dozen different Seattle area hospitals.
L&I later denied these claims because there was no record that Amaya-Hernandez ever worked for any of the employers he reported. However, the hospitals had already provided him with narcotics for his phony injuries.
Although Amaya-Hernandez used several aliases, L&I investigators became suspicious. Using a cross-match through the Department of Licensing, they determined his actual identity and built their case.
On April 24, Amaya-Hernandez plead guilty to three counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, receiving a sentence of 45 days in jail on each count, to run concurrently. He must also pay fines plus restitution to the hospitals he cheated.
May. 16, 2013
Read more in the News Tribune about L&I’s latest efforts to reign in abuse of our workers’ compensation system.
Apr. 4, 2013
Jaime Beroth, 63, and her husband Lawrence Beroth, 67, received sentences this week after pleading guilty to one count each of second degree theft in Pierce County Superior Court.
The Tacoma couple will both serve jail time and have to reimburse the state more than $200,000 after they both filed fraudulent workers’ compensation claims in 2009.
Both Beroths claimed injuries at work and filed claims with the Department of Labor & Industries, claiming they could no longer work. But a tip to L&I led investigators to the couple’s active drywall business, where they were secretly videotaped doing a variety of physical tasks.
Jaime Beroth was sentenced to 30 days in jail and Lawrence Beroth received a 20-day sentence. The bulk of both sentences were converted to community service. The couple was also ordered to pay over $224,000 in restitution, fines and other costs.
News Release: Tacoma couple must reimburse state $224,000 for workers’ comp fraud