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Man arrested for receiving workers comp benefits while working

Oftentimes, the prevailing attitude amongst many workers in Los Angeles is that they are entitled to workplace benefits. Given the effort they put into their careers, they may feel justified in occasionally embellishing the details of an injury in order to obtain more time off of work or collect a little more in workers’ compensation benefits. The danger in this line of thinking is that it may persuade some to attempt to “game the system,” continuing to collect benefits while not having to return to work.

 People engaged in such activity may be forced to learn the hard way that such action can result in serious consequences. A New York man is currently learning that lesson after having been arrested for workers’ compensation fraud. He currently faces criminal charges which include insurance fraud and grand larceny. His predicament stems from having lied on work activity questionnaires in 2012 in which he said he was not currently involved in any type of work. He had supposedly not been working while collecting worker’s compensation benefits due to wrist injury he suffered while working as a law enforcement officer in 1998. It was later discovered that at the time he completed the questionnaires, he was actually employed at a local race track while still receiving his benefits.

One misunderstood aspect of the type of fraud this man is accused of is the affect it has on fellow employees. When workers’ compensation plans are consistently paying on claims, they are forced to recoup those costs elsewhere (typically through raising their premiums). These costs are shouldered by both employers and employees. An employer who believes that one of its workers may be committing such fraud may wish to seek the advice of an experienced attorney.

Source: WWNY TV 7 “Retired Ogdensburg Police Officer Charged With Worker’s Compensation Fraud” June 14, 2017

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