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Man accused of workers' compensation fraud

Falsifying documents to claim benefits after a workplace injury is illegal. Many California employers have faced challenges regarding workers' compensation fraud. A recent incident in another state involves a man who is suspected of collecting benefits while earning income at two separate places of employment.

The 47-year-old man was arraigned on a recent Friday. He faced the court with one first-degree count of theft against him. After pleading not guilty, a judge filling in on a temporary basis released him on the stipulation that he sign a written statement saying he promised to appear in court for all upcoming proceedings.

Apparently, the man injured his chest and back when he fell on the ice while employed at a recreational vehicle company. In March 2013, he reported his inability to work due to his injuries. He then is said to have collected more than $80,000 in compensation benefits over the next two years.

The state of Washington's Department of Labor and Industries has alleged that the man has been working under gainful employment during that time. The department asserts that an undercover investigator witnessed the man showing RV trailers to potential customers at a recreational vehicle show in 2015. The investigator further stated the man was overheard talking about the long hours he had recently been working. Any California employer who suspects workers' compensation fraud may take immediate action by consulting with an experienced business attorney. After investigating the situation, the attorney would be able to offer guidance as to how best to address the situation when evidence of fraud exists.

Source: thenewstribune.com, "Tacoma-area man accused of working multiple jobs while collecting $81,000 in workers' compensation", Alexis Krell, Aug. 19, 2016

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