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The ongoing efforts of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) to detect, investigate and prosecute fraud are paying off. The agency’s most recent report to its board of directors reveals that its Special Investigations Department (SID) identified more than $55 million in savings for the state insurance fund for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.

According to Jennifer Saunders, the interim director of SID, the department closed more than 2,000 cases involving claimants, employers and medical providers last year. As Saunders explained to the committee, this included 140 criminal convictions and 236 referrals for prosecution. Additionally, an administrative review of 915 cases either uncovered fraudulent activity, or identified additional savings for Ohio employers paying into the state fund.

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