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Woman guilty of false injured worker claim

It is illegal to feign injury, then file a fraudulent compensation claim to collect benefits meant to help pay medical bills and replace lost wages. Many California employers face employee fraud in the workplace. An employer in other state recently confronted an employee about a false injured worker claim.

A woman reportedly collected more than $27,000 in workers' compensation benefits. She is said to have committed fraud after feigning injury. The woman allegedly went so far as to use a cane she did not need in an effort to add merit to her claim.

The 51-year-old was arraigned on first and third degree felony charges. Those charges include falsifying business records, grand larceny and insurance fraud. It appears she first filed her injured worker claim in Aug. 2013. She had reportedly been employed as a computer service assistant at the time and claimed to have been injured while unloading a printer.

Law enforcement officers say they saw the woman walking around town without her cane and without a limp; indeed, they say it appeared she was not injured in any manner. The $27,000 she purportedly gained by false pretenses was paid to her weekly in increments of $585. It is not the first time an employee has filed a false injured worker claim and will surely not be the last. Any California employer who suspects employee fraud may launch a thorough investigation by retaining assistance from an experienced workers' compensation attorney in the area. When evidence of fraud exists, the employee could well face criminal charges and be forced to make restitution of any monies gained unlawfully.

Source: thedailynewsonline.com, "Mount Morris woman used cane, feigned injuries in fraud", Aug. 4, 2016

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