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Turkey Shoot: Spy Kids and Private Dicks

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on November 23, 2010

In keeping with the spirit of the season we’d like to do a rerun of this post from Workmans Comp Insider

“the next time he is asked to don camouflage, he just might want to take a pass”

Turkey Shoot

William Wehnke, 51, claims to have spotted a wild turkey in his field in rural Annsville, New York (population 3,000). He took aim and fired at the turkey and managed to hit Matthew Brady, a workers comp investigator, who happened to be crouching in the field, dressed in camouflage. Brady was apparently performing surveillance on Wehnke, who is collecting workers comp benefits for an unspecified injury. Whatever his disability, Wehnke is obviously capable of operating a shotgun.

Local authorities are not buying Wehnke’s story about the turkey. He’s been arraigned on a three-count grand jury indictment that includes felony second-degree assault and unlawful manner of taking. He is even charged with using inappropriate ammunition for hunting turkeys. Wehnke is in a lot of trouble for his little turkey shoot.

Investigator Brady was hit in the side, back and legs. He underwent surgery and presumably filed his own workers comp claim for what is surely a work-related – if highly unusual – disability.

Images – Lasting and Otherwise
I could not help but think of the other Mathew (sic) Brady, the 19th century photographer whose iconic images of the Civil War still resonate with us. As pathetic as investigator Brady’s situation is, his earlier namesake fared even worse. After the Civil War, Mathew Brady found that war-weary Americans had little interest in purchasing photographs of the bloody conflict. Having risked his fortune on his Civil War enterprise, Brady lost the gamble and fell into bankruptcy. His negatives were neglected until 1875, when Congress purchased the entire archive for $25,000, which might sound like a lot, but was not even enough to cover Brady’s debts. He died in 1896, penniless and unappreciated. In his final years, Brady said, “No one will ever know what I went through to secure those negatives. The world can never appreciate it. It changed the whole course of my life.”

The world may ultimately take little note of the suffering of the other Matthew Brady, wounded as he crouched in that desolate Annsville field. His life, too, has been significantly changed. But he at least will benefit from the wonders of modern medicine and the cushion of weekly indemnity, until he once again pursues his craft as a comp investigator. But the next time he is asked to don camouflage, he just might want to take a pass.

Posted in ACE, AIG and CNA, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Defense Base Act Law and Procedure, spykids | Tagged: , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

WARNING to DBA claimants/ injured civilian contractors in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Alabama:

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on November 9, 2010

AIG (via the taxpayer) is paying this firm to spy on you for days on end, and what’s worse is they guarantee “well over a 90% video success rate on all files … Unheard of in the industry.”
In other words over 90% of us are lying about our injuries, or they either grossly exaggerate and/or photoshop and manipulate the video surveillance which is a far more likely scenario.

Private Dick

Your Claims Defense Specialist !!

Alliance Investigations,
P. O. Box 1451, Bainbridge, Georgia 39818
Telephone – (229) 400-0841 Fax – (229) 246-7229 Contact: Darrell D. Cox (President)
It’s surely just a matter of time before someone gets hurt in the ongoing despicable practice of stalking and filming DBA claimants, many of whom suffer from PTSD, TBI and other war-related trauma known to significantly reduce impulse control. The fact that two insurance whores now team up to spy on claimants at any given time is just making matters worse.
The latest culprits making their living by spying on injured contractors for AIG are S.R. Stone and M.A. Wheatley presumably of Bainbridge, GA. If anyone can dig up mug shots please send to us asap.
Case No.: 2009-LDA-00055
S.R. Stone testified that he is a private investigator for Alliance Investigations performed video surveillance of the Claimant from 4:37 PM, September 24, 2008 through September 27, 2008.
He identified EX 23 as an accurate report of his activities during his surveillance of the Claimant as well as containing the previous surveillance attributable to his associate Mr. Weatley. Mr. Stone testified that he was working another case when he was called on September 24, 2008, and assigned to assist Mr. Wheatley in the surveillance of the Claimant.
On re-cross examination, Mr. Stone testified that at some points in time he was five to ten feet away from the Claimant while the Claimant operated the motorcycle and sometimes he used the zoom-lens on the camera.
Testimony of M.A. Wheatley (TR 35-46)
Mr. M.A. Wheatley testified that he is a self-employed licensed private investigator and has been an investigator since May 1995. He is licensed in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. He reported that he conducted surveillance of the Claimant for a day and a half on September 23 and 24, 2008.
He stated that the portion of EX 23 from 2:07 to 5:14 PM, September 24, 2008,
reflected the observation he and Mr. Stone made since they were both observing the same
activity together at that time.
NOTE to the computer-savy among us, the software they use is Trackops.

MORE FROM THEIR WEBSITE:
Alliance Investigations is a specialized investigative agency, specifically focused on the needs and demands of the insurance industry. We provide services to clients in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Alabama and operate on an old-fashioned philosophy whereby success is achieved through quality work, honesty and an unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction. In addition to our commitment to quality, our clients also receive an industry-exclusive product quality guarantee for surveillance investigations.

(Are they guaranteeing to produce positive results for the insurance company whether they exist or not?)
Quality Assurance Policy
On any 2-day surveillance budget in which we fail to obtain documentation of your CLAIMANT, we will continue with additional surveillance at no cost to your office. How do we do it? Our Investigators are without peers. Simply put, we can afford to guarantee you results on your Worker’s Compensation or Liability claims investigations because our field Investigators are just that good.
As an adjuster or defense attorney, you’ve heard that phrase, said it yourself many times and by now, probably believe it to be true.
While other companies may take that slogan to heart, we at Alliance Investigations make it our mission to limit the misses and amplify the hits.
AND we have become quite good at it. In fact, as a company we maintain well over a 90% video success rate on all files … Unheard of in the industry.

Posted in AIG and CNA, Civilian Contractors, Injured Contractors, PTSD and TBI, spykids | Tagged: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

 
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