COLUMBUS — Over the course of 2021, the Special Investigations Department (SID) secured 53 convictions saving the state insurance fund $93,744,327.
Protecting the state insurance fund, ensuring the workforce is receiving the best care possible, and employers pay their share to help keep premiums low, has been a driving force for the SID specialists.
In 2021, there have been many accomplishments by this team at the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). Here are a few of the stories released by BWC this year:
Dr. Roger D. Anderson
A Marietta doctor, Roger Anderson, was sentenced on Jan. 8, 2021, to eight years in prison for illegally distributing opioid pain meds and committing health care fraud. BWC agents from the Health Care Provider Team were instrumental in this investigation.
According to court documents and trial testimony, between January 2012 and March 2016, Anderson, 66, of Marietta, conspired with others to distribute opioids like oxycodone and hydrocodone outside the scope of medical practice and without a legitimate medical purpose. A federal jury convicted Anderson in March 2020.
Dr. Khaled Amr
A former New Albany doctor, Khaled Amr, admitted to staging a break-in at his Columbus practice for a fraudulent insurance claim and running a pill mill. Amr was sentenced to spend five years on probation and ordered to forfeit more than $500,000.
David L. Garner
A Columbus-area real estate agent and broker, David Garner, pleaded guilty to one count of workers’ compensation fraud.
Garner, 66, worked from 2009 through 2018 while receiving disability benefits from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. On June 6, 2021, a Franklin County judge found Garner guilty, placed him on community control for three years and ordered him to pay BWC $151,705.
Daniel E. Evans Jr.
A Springfield business owner, Daniel Evans Jr., pleaded no contest and was found guilty of one count of workers’ compensation fraud.
Evans Jr., 45, owned and operated Original Blonde Welding and Fabricating while collecting $58,731 in temporary total disability benefits from BWC.
On March 15, 2021, a Franklin County judge sentenced Evans to serve community control for five years and ordered him to pay BWC $58,731 in restitution, a fine of $1,000, and court costs.