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Former postman admits attempt to defraud employers

In California and all other states, employee/employer relations fluctuate, ranging from benign and civil to highly contentious and legally challenging. When a worker attempts to defraud employers, the latter scenario is more likely the case. Every employer, however, is able to fight against such fraud in the workplace and is entitled to take formal legal action against any worker who has filed an unlawful injury claim or otherwise defrauded the system.

In an eastern state, a man formerly employed by the United States Postal Service is now schedule to serve 13 months in prison. Some time ago, he filed a workers' compensation claim saying he had injured his shoulder on the job. The 58-year-old collected compensation benefits and is said to have filed additional travel claims, seeking to be reimbursed for ongoing medical expenses.

The court has apparently ruled that the man's injury actually took place at a location outside of work. He was convicted of workers' compensation fraud, to which he pleaded in guilty in December 2015. He has been ordered to pay almost $170,000 in retribution to the Department of Labor.

Any worker who attempts to defraud employers in California or elsewhere is committing a crime. Employers may do their best to guard against such fraud by being diligent in their bookkeeping, monitoring employee activities in the workplace and thoroughly investigating any suspicious situation. Any questions or concerns about the legal process regarding such issues may be addressed with an experienced attorney who has successfully defended other employers against wrongful compensation claims.

Source: szcomplaw.com, "Former mail carrier working in Suffolk sentenced for workers' comp fraud", May 3, 2016

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