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Workers' compensation fraud charges dismissed

Workers' compensation fraud is a dangerous financial trick that can harm innocent people and take advantage of the state. A business owner that chooses to participate in fraudulent activity may be putting themselves at risk for legal repercussions that may have permanent consequences professionally. Recently a California court ruled to dismiss a medical provider and his colleagues from workers' compensation fraud charges.

The group of medical providers involved in the workers' compensation fraud purportedly failed to complete procedures and provide care for the treatments they were documenting with their insurance company. Details of clients were not outlined in reports. The amount supposedly gained was $17 million between three medical office locations owned by the same man. Records show that the judge made his dismissal decision based off of a lack of evidence.

The owner of the businesses and his primary insurance billing employee accused of massive workers' compensation fraud were facing 884 charges. One colleague, a bill collector, had 141 charges for workers' compensation fraud and the staffed neurologist had 296 insurance fraud charges and one felony. Of the group in question, the owner and neurologist had previous disciplinary records for inappropriate billing and treatment, though both have retained their medical licensure.

Reports indicate that the prosecution has a desire to pursue the charges again, which may lead the California business owner and neurologist to seek further legal knowledge to defend themselves against the claims. Reports did not indicate what fate the medical providers could face if they are found liable for the fraud. An employer who is discovered to be involved in workers' compensation fraud may feel frustrated or confused in their situation, but could have options going forward.

Source: dailypilot.com, Charges in fraud case dismissed, Bradley Zint, Dec. 24, 2013

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