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Bartender gets probation for workers' compensation fraud

There are most likely many people in California and elsewhere who make their livings tending bar. Hopefully, none of them are doing so while lying to the state about past work injuries and false unemployment. Workers' compensation fraud is illegal; in fact, one man in another state was recently put on probation after being caught in a fraudulent scheme.

The now 57-year-old man initially began collecting benefits after filing a claim in which he stated he had been injured on the job in his work at a grocery store. That incident occurred in 1994; since then, he has repeatedly told the state he remained unemployed, even though that was not true. Since approximately 2013, he has been working as a bartender while continuing to collect benefits.

The court has ordered the man to serve a 5-year probation. He also must pay nearly $25,000 in restitution, in addition to a surcharge of five percent. He received this sentence in a New York county court on a recent Monday.

California employers no doubt experience frustration and anger when suspicions of workers' compensation fraud arise within their companies. A key factor in swiftly resolving these types of problems often lies in reliance upon experienced guidance and assertive representation. Typically, the sooner one contacts a business attorney, the better, since an attorney can take immediate action to determine whether there is evidence of fraud. An attorney can also address the best options available with a goal of protecting the bottom line and seeing to it that justice is served.

Source:, "Elmira man sentenced for workers' comp fraud", Amanda Renko, Sept. 12, 2016

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