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California takes action against those who defraud employers

Some California workers might be surprised when their workers' compensation claims are regarded with suspicion. Sadly, this is because many workers try to defraud employers. According to the California Department of Insurance, between $1 and $3 billion are drained from the state's coffers by workers' compensation fraud every year.

Several cases of employee fraud have resulted in recent court cases and restitution orders of tens of thousands of dollars. A man who is suspected of such fraud was recently arraigned in Orange County. His arrest followed one of many investigations into suspected cases of workers' compensation fraud.

Reportedly, the man was injured in 2009 when a truck crashed. He was riding on the vehicle while performing community service for a DUI conviction. In 2013 he filed a comp claim, asserting that he was totally disabled after undergoing two surgical procedures on his back. It is alleged that he sought day-labor jobs between Nov. 2014 and Aug. 2015 and was also seen bicycling, gardening and moving furniture down some flights of stairs in that time period.

California company owners may find comfort in knowing that their interests and their businesses can be protected by experienced workers' compensation defense attorneys. An informed lawyer will be able to help business owners safeguard against the tell-tale signs of employee fraud and the types of fraud commonly committed by workers in California. Any workers attempting to defraud employers can be identified before the negative impact that such claims can have on the bottom line of a business, including increased insurance premiums.

Source: oc-breeze.com, "County efforts continue to target worker's compensation fraud", June 15, 2016

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