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California employers advised to be on guard for employee fraud

Not all workers are honest when it comes to reporting injuries that allegedly occurred on the job. Many California employers have suffered negative impact from false injury claims filed to collect workers' compensation benefits. A recent situation in another state involved a woman who has been charged with employee fraud after collecting almost $70,000 in benefits through a suspected fraudulent claim.

The woman is said to have claimed that she was injured when helping a customer up from the floor at the supermarket where she was employed at the time. She said her injuries affected her wrist and finger. The incident occurred approximately 10 years ago, and the women apparently did not return to work as a baker and cake decorator at the store since the supposed injury took place.

She was reportedly approved to receive disability payments through the Workers' Compensation Board. Years later, she apparently submitted documents for ownership to a restaurant. However, in 2014, she also allegedly signed papers saying she was still unable to work and had not worked since the time of her injury. 

In February 2015, the woman testified under oath that she never started her own business. Film evidence appears to show her waiting on restaurant customers, delivering take-out orders, running a cash register and carrying items with the hand she claimed to have injured. She has since been arrested and charged with employee fraud and may face up to 15 years in prison if convicted. Any California employer who suspects a worker of employee fraud may take immediate action by retaining the help of an experienced workers' compensation attorney.

Source: liherald.com, "Inwood woman faked work injuries", Jeff Bessen, July 25, 2016

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