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Flight attendant's fraudulent workers' compensation claims

When an employee attempts to take financial advantage of their place of employment through fraudulent workers' compensation claims, they may find themselves in an irreversible situation with expensive consequences. A California business owner who discovers the fraudulent workers' compensation claims may feel anger and disbelief at the situation involving an employee. An employer may choose to enforce justice and prevent an increase in insurance premiums and fight to stop fraudulent practices.

A woman who worked as a flight attendant purportedly suffered an injury at work and filed apparently fraudulent compensation claims. The nature of the injuries she claimed was not detailed in reports. The fraud was determined based off of her ability to work as a waitress during the time she received benefits. Her workers' compensation supported leave was meant for rehabilitation and recovery when she was found to be profiting and still physically able to work.

Authorities discovered the woman's supposed attempt to defraud employers and illegal employment as a waitress during her paid leave during a regular review of employment records. The flight attendant recently admitted to her guilt in court to a misdemeanor for fraudulent workers' compensation claims. Although her six month jail sentence was suspended, the courts sentenced her to three years of probation and ordered she return $3,800 in monetary benefits she had received while on leave.

Many business owners in California have worked very hard to build their company's success and provide employment to their workers. Fraudulent workers' compensation claims can financially damage an employer in a few different ways. An employer in a situation involving suspected fraudulent workers' compensation claims may choose to protect their assets, investigate and pursue exposure of the worker's fraud.

Source: ohio.com, Falls flight attendant convicted of workers' comp fraud, No author, Jan. 17, 2014

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