The fallout continues from an NBC4 investigation of quotas for the Bureau of Workers Compensation’s special investigators, as the bureau continues to ignore mounting questions about a practice some say may be criminal.
NBC4 broke the story three weeks ago that state agents are being pressured by quotas to make cases even when the people they’re investigating may be innocent.
An Ohio Supreme Court Justice is joining the chorus of highly-respected legal experts who are now calling for an investigation of BWC’s special investigations department following the NBC4 investigation.
In the original report, former Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro said that what NBC4 uncovered warranted a criminal investigation.
Now, current Ohio Supreme Court Justice Paul Pfeifer tells NBC4 that someone clearly needs to be investigating what was found.
“I assume, I’ve seen some of your reporting. I assume that task is already underway. I’d be real surprised if there weren’t some people in real tenuous positions at this point, in terms of their future employment,” Pfeifer said.
But those quotas — from the number of surveillances to the number of indictments — that NBC4 proved are not yet officially being investigated by anyone.
No one from the Ohio Inspector General’s Office will confirm whether they’re looking into the quotas and claims that investigators were being pressured to make cases.