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Danger of fraudulent workers' compensation claims in California

Creating fraudulent workers' compensation claims in California can be risky for the person pretending to have suffered an injury while at work. Discovering a trusted employee has lied and taken advantage of their place of employment and state funds meant to help those in need can be difficult for a business owner. When an employer discovers fraudulent workers' compensation claims, they may choose to pursue justice against the illegal practice in order to regain lost benefits.

A man was recently taken into police custody and now faces a myriad of charges for his purported fraudulent workers' compensation claims for injuries that are questioned. The three felonies he has been charged with include grand larceny, perjury and fraudulent practices. Court records indicate the man may have collected $4,155 in stolen benefits through his fraudulent workers' compensation claims and should he be convicted. He could be sentenced up to seven years in state prison.

The man is accused of providing a false testimony while under oath at a hearing regarding his inability to work and his need to collect workers' compensation. Reports claim that the man was involved in activities outside of work that revealed his fraudulent workers' compensation claims, though details of the activity and nature of his injury claim was not revealed. The man was arrested at the conclusion of an investigation by the Office of the Fraud Inspector General of the Workers' Compensation Board and taken into custody at that point.

The danger of fraudulent workers' compensation claims in California is that it compromises a person's ability to be employed and can cost business owners insurance premiums and out-of-pocket expenses. Choosing to pursue rightful action against fraudulent activity in the workplace can be a difficult and confusing decision for some people. An employer who suspects potentially fraudulent workers' compensation claims may pursue an investigation to protect their company assets.

Source:, Endicott man accused of workers' compensation fraud, Anthony Borrelli, Jan. 6, 2014

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