Attorney General Laxalt Announces Guilty Plea of Las Vegas man for Workers’ Compensation Fraud

June 16, 2015

Las Vegas, NV - Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced that Michael Joseph Bricker, 49, of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty to a category “D” felony for his role in fraudulently obtaining workers’ compensation. The fraud was committed between March 18, 2013 and May 2, 2014, and discovered following the receipt of his final payment of benefits and closure of the claim.

Bricker fraudulently filed a workers’ compensation claim alleging he suffered a major back injury, while working at a local Dunkin’ Donuts store. Based on his misrepresentations during the claim process, he was determined to have a permanent, partial disability impairment. As a result, he received health care treatment and benefits amounting to over $150,000. The Hartford insurance company later discovered that Bricker knowingly failed to disclose a prior work-related back injury, and had denied any pre-existing conditions on multiple occasions.

“Workers’ compensation fraud drives up the cost of coverage, leaving employers and tax payers to foot the bill,” said Laxalt. “By continuing to pursue the prosecution of those who commit fraud against the state and its service providers, this office is working to ensure this type of criminal activity ceases.”

The investigation uncovered that Bricker engaged in activities outside of the physical restrictions imposed on him by his physician, such as operating a handyman business. This demonstrated that Bricker had grossly exaggerated his physical limitations in order to obtain benefits.

Workers’ compensation fraud is punishable by up to four years of imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $5,000. Bricker, who has several felony convictions on his record, is scheduled to be sentenced in the Eighth Judicial District Court on October 6, 2015.

This case is being prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Roger R. Madsen.

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