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Worker arrested on employee fraud charges

It is important for workers to have some type of protection in the case of an unexpected on-the-job accident. This is why most employees who are injured in a workplace accident will typically have the opportunity to apply for benefits via workers' compensation in California. However, there are some workers who are not completely honest when applying for compensation benefits. This can result in employee fraud charges being pursued against a worker.

This is what one worker is now facing after he was recently arrested for fraudulently collecting benefits via workers' compensation. The 40-year-old man was an employee of the state's child services agency when he filed for benefits, claiming he was injured while working on the job. The man reported that the workplace injury occurred in May 2014. He claimed that the injury suffered prevented him from being able to work.

However, video surveillance has since been discovered which shows the man doing work in his yard as well as playing golf. The worker has already collected more than $11,000 in disability benefits. The man now faces one count of fraudulently filing for and receiving workers' compensation benefits. This is considered a class B felony which can be punishable with as many as 20 years behind bars as well as a $15,000 fine.

This case illustrates how important it is for employers to be vigilant in combating employee fraud in California. Being proactive in doing so can help prevent unnecessary costs resulting from an employee being granted benefits via workers' compensation insurance. However, taking legal action will require the employer to have knowledge of the applicable laws and regulations.

Source:, "DCF employee charged with workers' compensation fraud", Alex Vitale, March 20, 2015

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