A 2014 Baltimore Sun series analyzed thousands of records from statewide workers' compensation claims to uncover a wide range of problems – including attacks on Baltimore school teachers, fraudulent claims and conflicts of interest by a state legislator.
In 2011, Prince George's County Del. Benjamin S. Barnes became a partner in one of the state's busiest workers' compensation firms. The lawmaker wrote a three-word disclosure in blue pen on his state ethics forms, and began working on a flurry of legislation that made it easier for injured workers to win awards. As he sponsored or co-sponsored workers' compensation bills, his firm's founding partner brought in millions in workers' compensation claims over an 18-month period — raising
Several months ago, Baltimore Inspector General Robert H. Pearre Jr. quietly decided to dedicate an agent solely to investigating workers' compensation and disability fraud within Baltimore's police and fire departments — and this week investigators announced charges against a former city officer accused of bilking taxpayers out of more than $30,000.
City lawmakers said Monday that they were shocked by a Baltimore Sun investigation into school violence published over the weekend and plan to hold hearings to address the hundreds of injury claims filed by teachers.
By By Luke Broadwater, Erica L. Green and Scott Calvert and The Baltimore Sun