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Handyman commits employee fraud for 5 years

California employers must carry workers' compensation insurance to provide coverage for injured workers. Unfortunately, there are some employees who take advantage of this by filing fraudulent claims. Such employee fraud can set back company finances as every claim brings about an increase in the monthly premium.

A man in another state was recently charged and found guilty of such fraud. A report about the case says the man was receiving temporary total disability benefits from the workers' compensation insurance fund. This was after he claimed to have suffered a workplace injury that was serious enough to debilitate him for some time.

After receiving an anonymous tip, investigators reportedly gathered video evidence showing the man working -- despite his physical challenges. It was then determined that the man was operating a handyman business while collecting insurance money for five years. What exacerbates the situation is the fact that the total amount of money this man received -- that could have gone to another injured worker -- is equal to about 140 percent of the income of the average household in the United States.

When dishonest workers threaten the financial stability of California companies, the owners retain the right to hold those persons accountable. An experienced workers' compensation defense attorney can investigate the employee and explain the available options to the employer. An attorney can also analyze workers' compensation claims and use his or her skills to identify evidence of employee fraud in order to protect the client's business. An attorney who knows the signs of fake illnesses or injuries can aggressively shield employers and their companies.

Source: watchdog.org, "Handi-capped or Handy-can?", Larry Benson, June 13, 2016

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