Fraud concerns grow as spending on handmade ‘compounded’ drugs soars

Government spending has skyrocketed on “compounded” drugs that retail pharmacists custom-make, drawing federal investigators’ attention for potential fraud and overbilling. Spending on these medications in Medicare’s Part D program rose 56 percent last year, with topical creams and gels, among the costliest products, now priced at hundreds or thousands of dollars per tube. And over […]

Washington woman who collected workers’ comp pleads guilty to theft

A Federal Way, Washington woman who worked full time as a nanny while collecting workers’ compensation benefits has pleaded guilty to a felony theft charge. State labor officials say Yurizan Cuevas was working at a cafe in when it was robbed in 2010. While running from the robber, Cuevas hit a wall and hurt her […]

Texas man files suit after truck explosion at Louisiana refinery

A Denison, Texas man has filed a suit against Calumet Specialty Products Partners over claims he was severely burned by nearly 400-degree asphalt after a truck exploded at the company’s Shreveport, Louisiana refinery location. Darrell Allen alleges he suffered second- and third-degree burns to 90 percent of his body. He was working for Kimrad Transport, […]

Family of Idaho seed plant worker killed on job sues employer

The family of a woman who died in January at a Crookham Co. seed plant in Caldwell, Idaho after her hair was caught in a piece of machinery, is suing her employer and the equipment manufacturer. Among other things, the lawsuit alleges that before the employee died, another seed-treating employee had gotten her hair stuck […]

‘I was greedy and stupid’: Workers’ comp attorney admits to bribes

Sean E. O’Keefe was a well-known attorney in San Diego, advertising on his website that his team put injured workers’ needs first. Public records list him as the lawyer on 9,000 injured workers’ cases. But he didn’t get success the old-fashioned way, helping clients and building a great reputation. He paid cash for the bulk […]