Monday, July 6, 2020

Self-directed Fraud

When an on-the-job injury occurs that warrants workers’ compensation benefits, the injured worker is required to visit a licensed physical therapist or chiropractor, who is under the direction of a medical doctor, to participate in a rehabilitation plan that will get them back to...

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...

Bogus Bonuses

Workplace performance bonuses are a great thing, unless they are driven by incentives that can send you to jail. That is the case for a pair of Texas women who were convicted recently on six counts of healthcare fraud that involved overbilling the federal...

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...

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’...

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...

Cash Advance

When people face problems with their cash flow or need money fast, a cash advance can be an ideal solution. Cash advances can be obtained legally through banks, ATM machines and credit cards for a fee and a sizable interest rate between 20-25 percent...

COVID Feature: Come Hell or High Water

The Paycheck Protection Program is a part of the recent federal bailout of businesses hurt by the COVID-19-related economic disaster. There have been many attempts to take advantage of this lending program. One of the latest alleged attempts came from Samuel Yates of Maud,...

Fraud’s Fast Track to Prison

People need to have confidence in their healthcare providers and in the government programs that help cover their healthcare costs. That was the message from a federal judge when he sentenced a San Antonio man to seven years in federal prison for his role...

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...
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