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Man guilty of fraudulent workers' compensation claims

Suspecting an employee of fraudulent workers' compensation claims can be difficult and confusing for business owners. A man was recently sentenced to provide restitution and serve prison time for fraudulent workers' compensation claims he filed when working in California. In court, the man admitted guilt to false statements made seeking government compensation and United States property theft.

The man was working as a California postal employee when he received disability benefits and workers' compensation. The situation that was questioned was instigated when the man submitted fraudulent workers' compensation claims for an injury to his lower back while at work. For over a decade, he was provided benefits for his disability. Records indicate that he claimed complete and permanent disability and thus was able to collect Veterans benefits and Social Security Disability benefits as well.

The United Stated Postal Service conducted the investigation that discovered the postal worker's past fraudulent workers' compensation claims, alongside the Social Security Administration and the Office of the Inspector General. The investigation uncovered the man's ability to participate in physical and recreational activities, though he had formally represented that he was unable to do such activities. Among other physical feats, he was seen participating in athletics, completing yard work and driving.

The previous California postal worker will serve just over a year in prison and will be required to repay $138,997 in benefits he received. Taking the first step toward opening an investigation against a suspected employee can be challenging for some business owners. An employer who suspects fraudulent workers' compensation claims may choose to take action and pursue justice when the evidence supports the fact that the worker claiming benefits was dishonest.

Source: thereporter.com, Vacaville man sentenced in disability fraud case, No author, Jan. 23, 2014

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