Nev. Man Charged in Workers’ Comp Scam

February 11, 2005

Nevada Attorney General Brian Sandoval announced that following a plea of guilty, District Judge Steven Kosach sentenced Dennis Dean Hogue, 51, to 12 to 34 months in the Nevada State Prison for one count of Worker’s Compensation Claimant Fraud.

Hogue was also ordered to make restitution of $9,500 to the Employers Insurance Company of Nevada (EICON) and to reimburse the NDOJ’s Workers Compensation Fraud Unit (WCFU) $2,500 in investigative costs. Hogue was further ordered to pay $257 in extradition costs to the State of Nevada Extradition Unit.

On Feb. 26, 2003 the Nevada Attorney General’s office received a complaint from the Employers Insurance Company of Nevada. Hogue was suspected of filing a fraudulent workers’ comp claim. The Defendant had filed a claim in August of 2002 asserting that a fall and injuries occurred at work.

Hogue reportedly withheld information several occasions that
he had incurred injuries in the past. A previous claim undisclosed by Hogue resulted in a permanent partial disability payment.

Despite the obligation to do so, Hogue reportedly failed to inform his employer, insurer or medical service providers of this and other previous claims.

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