California employers are always on guard against any type of fraudulent activities among workers. Obviously, claiming benefits for a misrepresented injury is one type of employee fraud that can quickly impede a company’s success. Depending on an individual situation, an employer may determine that it is best to resolve such a problem with the help of the legal system.
Consulting with an attorney experienced in fighting against employee fraud is one way to seek a swift and fair resolution to a possible workers’ comp problem. Various details would no doubt have bearing on an employer’s decision about whether to seek justice in court. If the suspected fraud involved minimal benefits, an attorney may advise an employer to settle the matter out of court.
In another state, a man recently pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud. Surveillance evidence reportedly showed the man working for a tree trimming business, when, in fact, he was supposed to be recuperating from an alleged injury. The man has been ordered to pay at least $50,000 in restitution for his fraudulent acts.
Any California business owner or employer who believes that a worker has filed an unlawful claim for a false or misrepresented injury can take immediate legal action by requesting a meeting with an experienced attorney in the area to discuss the details of the situation. Collecting benefits under false pretenses is against the law. Every employer has the right to protect business interests and pursue justice when employee fraud has been committed in the workplace.
Source: cincinnati.com, “Batavia man guilty of workers comp fraud“, Fatima Hussein, March 14, 2016