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Officer accused of fraudulent workers' compensation claims

Submitting fraudulent workers' compensation claims can harm a private or public business and may place them in a difficult financial situation. A man employed as a juvenile detention officer in California was recently charged for submitting potentially fraudulent workers' compensation claims. Records show that the District Attorney's office will be pursuing action against the accused man.

The officer originally claimed that he injured his elbow while working in the detention center and required temporary leave for disability.  While collecting workers' compensation benefits, the accused man purportedly denied working or earning wages at his personal landscaping business. However, an investigation found that the officer may have been working and collecting income from the landscaping venture while receiving workers' comp benefits.

A serious arm injury can make it difficult or impossible for a person to participate in certain activities. Authorities claim to have information that reveals the injured man lifted over 60 pounds of materials and participated in landscaping tasks that included the physical moving of concrete blocks and sod. They believe he participated in a myriad of heavy lifting duties that he claimed to be unable to do while off work for the elbow injury.

Reports indicate that the man may have collected close to $60,000 in benefits before the compensation was ended. He faces five felony charges for a combination of felony grand theft and insurance fraud. A California employer that suspects a worker of fraudulent workers' compensation claims may seek help with an investigation and uncovering potential dishonesty in an attempt to recover lost benefits.

Source: insurancejournal.com, "Institutional Officer Nabbed In $60,000 in California Workers' Comp Fraud Case", , Oct. 1, 2014

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