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Couple accused of fraudulent workers' compensation claims

An employer that suspects a respected and honored worker of fraudulent workers' compensation claims may feel angry and taken advantage of. A California highway patrol officer and his wife, who worked as a dispatcher for the California Highway patrol, have been accused of fraudulent workers' compensation claims. The couple was arrested and has been charged with five felonies in connection to the accusations.

The officer first created his fraudulent workers' compensation claims when he was purportedly hurt while becoming physical during an arrest while on duty. Documentation revealed that the couple conveyed to the attending physician that the officer was incapable of performing his duties as a highway patrol officer due to pain that prohibited him from driving and being able to lift a heavy amount of weight. The man's wife is accused of backing up his claims of debilitating pain when attempting to complete certain movements or activities; however, investigators claim to have seen her accompany him while participating in those exact activities during his leave.

The California Highway Patrol employs a Workers' Compensation Fraud Investigation Unit within their Internal Affairs Section that was dispatched to investigate the officer and his wife for suspicion of fraudulent workers' compensation claims. The department uncovered inappropriate behavior from the officer while claiming disability. He was recorded to have purportedly gone swimming and recreational boating, participated in camping and drove for extended amounts of time while claiming injury. Records further claim that he was seen cutting and stacking heavy amounts of firewood during this time.

The couple is accused of submitting false statements regarding the physical condition of the claimant to collect benefits and conspiracy in creating false statements in connection with a workers' compensation claim. The officer is further accused of perjury for the purportedly false statements made in his deposition, and the couple could face prison time and hefty restitution if found guilty. An employer seeking justice for fraudulent workers' compensation claims may seek guidance on how to start the process to enforce rightful accountability.

Source: The Sacramento Bee, CHP officer, wife accused of workers' comp insurance fraud, Cathy Locke, Jan. 31, 2014

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