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Woman charged for workers' compensation fraud

When an employee commits workers' compensation fraud, it can place a business in a financially difficult situation. A company may lose money over time through the potentially rising cost of insurance premiums that reflect excessive amounts of benefits paid out. A California business owner may choose to take legal action if he or she suspects that an employee took advantage through workers' compensation fraud.

A woman was recently charged with felony theft after being accused of committing workers' comp fraud. Officials believe that she filed a false claim for an injury that she may not have suffered while at work. She pleaded not guilty and her trial has been scheduled to begin in the near future.

The woman was working at a sandwich shop when she claims she stepped down into the cooler at work, causing her knee to pop. When medically reviewed, the knee showed to have torn cartilage and required a costly surgical procedure. The employer became suspicious of the injury claim due to the delay in reporting the injury, and a witness that reported the woman had fallen and injured her knee at home shortly before the incident at work.

The information was shared with both the woman's employer and investigators. Records indicate that the accused perpetrator may have collected close to $16,000 worth of benefits as a result of her injury claim. A California business owner that also questions the validity of a claim may seek professional help in investigating the potential for workers' compensation fraud and taking action as necessary.

Source: missoulian.com, "Butte woman charged with work-comp fraud", Nov. 4, 2014

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