Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Double-Dipping Dilemma

When will unscrupulous people figure out that they can’t double-dip on workers’ compensation claims? (Most likely, never.) A double-dipping lesson came too late for a man from Kingwood, Texas, who was recently convicted of workers’ compensation fraud. (Hindsight is 20-20 they say.) The Texan received a...

Get Back to Work!

There are basically four ways an individual can be prosecuted for committing workers compensation fraud: 1) faking a work injury; 2) secretly working while collecting workers’ compensation benefits; 3) collecting benefits from multiple employers; and, 4) fraud rings. Today’s fraudster from Midland, Texas chose...

Less is Not More

Less is more when you declutter your home and unload your decades-old clothes and toddler toys of your college-age children. Less also was more when the owner of a durable medical equipment (DME) company in Edinburg, Texas, went almost six years before being caught...

It’s A Sign of Fraudulent Times

According to the National Academy of Social Insurance, employer costs for workers’ compensation totaled more than $96.5 billion in 2016. While most workers’ compensation claims are considered to be legitimate, the Department of Labor estimates that between one and two percent of all workers’...

Deliberate

Fraud is any deliberate act to take property or money by deception from a victim. In other words, it’s an intentional act to deceive for the purposes of unlawfully or unfairly gaining something. (It’s driven by a fraudster’s need to become wealthy without having to actually...

Piece of the Fraud Pie

Many workers’ compensation fraud schemes involve supposedly injured workers who claim they are unable to work, when they actually can. Sometimes they are caught on surveillance video performing physical activities that their workers’ compensation forms claim they cannot do. Today’s fraud case is a...

Everything is Bigger in Texas

So they say “everything is bigger in Texas,” but did you know that: Texas' total area is twice the size of Germany. If Texas was its own country, it would have the 13th highest GDP in the world. The King Ranch in Texas is...

Impaired Thinking

There are lots of things that can cause impaired thinking – sleep deprivation, alcohol and drug use, certain medications or diseases, and then there’s just plain stupidity. Two Texans, who worked for a company that determined workers’ compensation benefit eligibility, weren’t thinking logically when...

Tightly Knit

Families who are tightly knit do lots of things together such as run marathons, take nice vacations, and even start businesses together. Today’s fraudster, who was an attorney from Grand Prairie, Texas, opened several businesses with family members with the sole intent to defraud....

Pruned

Individuals who work in the landscaping business have lots of opportunities to injure themselves while on-the-job. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that landscaping is one of the highest hazard industries with a fatality rate of 25.1 per 100,000 workers. (The...
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