Monday, December 17, 2018

Pulling the Wool Over Your Eyes

Judges during the early history of the United States used to wear powdered wigs made of wool, mirroring their counterparts in British courts. When an unscrupulous individual was said to be “pulling the wool over someone’s eyes” in court, it meant that they were...

Trust, But Verify

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on a press release entitled, “Salinas woman guilty of welfare fraud,” published by The Californian. A Salinas woman defrauded $3,811 from the Monterey County Department of Social Services by using personal documents of a neighbor who was deported.

Backlash

Fraud sometimes causes adverse reactions from those it victimizes. The State of California’s Workers’ Compensation program couldn’t take the numerous instances of fraud against the program anymore and retaliated with “Operation Backlash.”  Today’s fraudster, a Beverly Hills radiologist, was one of the many perpetrators...

Fraud Bites

One of the first rules that any kid learns in school is “don’t bite.” Maybe another important directive would be “don’t bite the teacher.” A full-time special education aide assistant in Los Angeles alleged that one of her students bit her finger, leaving her...

Milking the System

Dairy farming was previously done on a small scale by farmers who rose before the sun to trudge to the barn where they milked their cows by hand. The milking process, which happens several times a day, became much easier once the milking machine...

Lots of Red Flags

Red flags are anything that stands out from the ordinary. (They usually signify that something is amiss.) Today’s fraud spotlight shines on a man, who worked for a Perris, California based company. After experiencing a work-related injury, he was declared permanently disabled. But a...

Incentivized

Incentivizing is all about getting as much out of a mutually beneficial relationship as possible. Parents can incentivize children to make good grades by dangling the proverbial carrot of $20 for every “A” they make. Employers can promise an extra day off or provide...

Endangering Justice

A former California Highway Patrol officer who injured his back while on duty has pleaded no contest to felony workers’ compensation insurance fraud. Brian Christopher Hansen was sentenced to 180 days in Sacramento County Jail and five years formal probation.

Read the Fine Print

 The State of California’s Department of Industrial Relations has a comprehensive Guidebook for Injured Workers posted on its website. (Just about every question an injured worker may have about workers’ compensation is addressed here. And, there’s even a Spanish version too.) A man from...

Jerked Around

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing has the highest rate of nonfatal occupational injuries. Some of those injuries occur from manually lifting and moving patients or physical assault by patients. (The American Nurses Association reports that 1 in 4 nurses have...
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