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Officer accused of making fraudulent workers' compensation claims

The vast majority of employers simply want what is in the best interest of their employees. Many employers in California have learned that working to ensure safe working conditions, for example, is not only good for employees but also for the company in general by limiting employee turnover. Despite their best efforts, workplace accidents may still occur. In these instances, employees are likely protected financially by workers' compensation insurance coverage provide through their employer; however, some employees may embellish the nature of their injuries in order to increase the amount of compensation they receive. One out-of-state man was recently charged with making fraudulent workers' compensation claims.

The 55-year-old man was a police officer. Although he was fired in Dec. 2013 for reportedly leaking an internal memorandum regarding an alleged crime and being dishonest about the leak, he was rehired afterward.  He says he received treatment for an injury suffered in the line of duty from Oct. 2013 to March 2014.

He is said to have received over $50,000 in workers' compensation benefits for his alleged injury. However, reports indicate that surveillance footage showed him completing work on his house. He resigned from his position as a result of the criminal charges against him.

Many employers are concerned about the physical and financial well-being of their employees. Unfortunately, fraudulent workers' compensation claims happen all too frequently in California. Employers who suspect an employee of fraud can help in proving those suspicions by seeking assistance from a law firm with experience regarding applicable laws and workers' compensation proceedings.

Source: wtnh.com, "Police officer charged with workers comp fraud", Oct. 17, 2014

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