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Chiropractor Admits to
Workers' Compensation Fraud

News Release, February 27, 1996

Following a joint inquiry by investigators from the Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC), Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery's Workers' Compensation Fraud Unit, and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Stephanie Tubbs Jones, a Garfield Heights chiropractor has admitted stealing $142,659 in workers' compensation funds over a three-and-one-half year period.

The investigation was triggered by inquiries from two Cleveland-area employers, Woodhill Plating, 9114 Reno Ave., and Rupp Forge Co., 10410 Meech Ave., who contacted BWC after noticing that their workers' compensation premiums reflected ongoing medical claims for employees whose treatment was known to have ceased. Following the employers' inquires in late 1993 and 1994, BWC began investigating Thomas Campana, 37, of Garfield Heights.

Prosecutors filed a bill of information -- a plea agreement in which the accused waives his right to a grand jury hearing -- against Campana in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. He was charged with one count of workers' compensation fraud, a second-degree felony.

The Garfield Heights chiropractor allegedly billed BWC for services he did not perform on more than a dozen patients whose treatments had either been completed or discontinued. He faces two to 15 years in prison and/or up to a $7,500 fine when he is sentenced, following a presentencing investigation.

The BWC and the Attorney General's Office have made the detection and prosecution of workers' compensation fraud a priority. To report workers' compensation fraud, call BWC's nationwide, toll-free hotline at (800) 837-1554. Callers may remain anonymous.

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This article was posted on August 23, 1999.