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Employee fraud leads to prison for woman who pleaded guilty

There have been a number of situations in California where workers claim to be unable to work due to injury and are then caught working somewhere else while receiving benefits from their former employers.  In such situations, it is often crucial to fight against the potential negative effects of employee fraud. One woman in another state recently pleaded guilty after filing a fraudulent claim, then earning income while simultaneously collecting injury benefits.

The woman apparently became eligible for wage-replacement benefits after being injured on the job back in 2010. She was reportedly working at a cafe when a robber intruded, and she became injured while running away. Health care providers confirmed that the woman was unable to return to the workplace because of her injuries.

The worker has since been required to repay the nearly $30,000 she received in workers' compensation benefits. Reportedly, while collecting benefits, she was employed as a nanny for two years. A judge also sentenced her to 20 days behind bars and more than 150 hours of community service.

By exploring all options, a seasoned employer defense attorney would be able to help determine how best to proceed to address such matters in court. Any California employer with questions or concerns about a particular instance of suspected employee fraud may seek consultation with an experienced workers' compensation lawyer to discuss the situation; an investigation can then be launched to determine the appropriate manner in which to proceed. From there, an attorney can provide all resources and guidance necessary to follow through until a positive solution has been obtained.

Source:, "Workers' comp scammer told to repay $25,000", Joe Rosengarten, July 27, 2016

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