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Postal worker arrested for work comp fraud

Recently, a 53-year-old former U.S. Postal Service worker was arrested on suspicion of workers’ comp fraud. Detectives from the California Department of Insurance and agents from the USPS Office of the Inspector General conducted an investigation into the worker’s activities and learned that he was working as a massage therapist despite his claims that he was unable to work due to a shoulder injury he ostensibly suffered while working for the postal service.

 

The arrest was based on surveillance and undercover operations that proved that the worker had not reported the new employment or the improvement of his condition. While this was an operation that involved fraud perpetrated on a government entity, it is possible that private employers can be susceptible to fraud as well. In these situations, an experienced workers’ comp defense attorney can be helpful in defending against bogus claims, which in turn, could save the company money.

Workers’ compensation fraud is not limited to one particular industry, level of employee, or type of employer. Our last few posts have shown the diversity in fraudulent claims that threaten to hamper payment of genuine claims. For those who are new to our blog, workers’ compensation benefits are designed to help an injured employee meet his or her financial obligations while they recover from injuries suffered while on the job and cannot earn a living.

However, as they recover or gain employment, they have an obligation to report such advances to benefits providers. Failing to do so may constitute fraud, which is punishable under California law. 

Source: ClaimsJournal.com “California mail carrier arrested for workers’ comp fraud,” April 15, 2014

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