The City of Pittsburgh Police today served arrest warrants on a brother and sister suspected of cashing the workers’ compensation checks of a former City employee who died eight years ago. The scheme was uncovered thanks to the Pittsburgh Workers’ Compensation Initiative, initiated by Bob O’Connor and continued and expanded by Mayor Ravenstahl in his 2007 budget.
When Nathaniel Andrews passed away 8 years ago, he was a former City of Pittsburgh refuse worker on workers’ compensation. Since his passing, according to police, his son has been cashing the decedent’s checks - bilking the system for roughly $100,000. Lorraine Andrews and Nathaniel Andrews, brother and sister, were taken into custody today. Police believe the checks were mailed to the deceased’s address, where the sister had taken up residence, and were subsequently cashed by the brother. Their actions came to light through the newly instituted Workers’ Compensation Initiative, which has stepped up internal auditing of outstanding workers compensation claims as well as proactive resolution of outstanding claims for pennies on the dollar.
Mayor Ravenstahl’s 2007 budget reflects a doubling of the Workers’ Compensation Initiative budget.
Friday, October 6, 2006
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2626 | facsimile: 412-255-2687