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Worker faces employee fraud charges

Worker's compensation insurance plays an important role in today's workplace. It protects California workers from the suffering financially after unfortunate accidents at the workplace. However, there are some workers who end up abusing the system by exaggerating their injuries. This can result in employee fraud charges, as well as loss of benefits.

One worker seems to have done this and is now facing fraud charges. The 32-year-old worker had been collecting workers' compensation insurance benefits since suffering an injury that supposedly prevented him from working. However, the man was observed working as a youth hockey coach. The man was reportedly being paid to coach the youth hockey team.

The workplace injury was originally reported in Sept. 2013. The work-related injury supposedly occurred while the man was employed by a local board of education. According to the report, the man received nearly $10,000 in benefits between September of last year and Jan. 2014. The man was arrested and has since been released from jail after promising to appear in court in mid-December.

The news of these recent criminal charges may be of interest to the man's former employer. If the man is indeed found guilty of employee fraud charges that would mean he likely received a larger amount in benefits than he deserved. A California employer who suspects that an employee is falsely claiming to have suffered injuries or that an employee has exaggerated the extent of injuries sustained in a workplace accident has the right to defend his or her company against the employee's allegedly fraudulent claims. 

Source: wtnh.com, "Weston town employee charged with workers' comp fraud", Matt Buynak, Dec. 11, 2014

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