Tuesday, July 7, 2020
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Workers Comp and Disabilities Fraud

When Lying is a Felony

There are lies, and then there are lies. Given the subject, some are a way to spare someone’s feelings; others are a lapse in moral turpitude. (One thing is for certain though, lying on a government document is fraud – and a felony.) As...

Exploiting Laborers – and Healthcare Services

Worker’s Compensation Insurance fraud often calls to mind employees who fake or exaggerate an injury to claim benefits—but there are also plenty of fraudsters on the employer side. One of them, a Minnesota construction contractor, pleaded guilty In November 2019 to labor trafficking and...

More Chips Fall in Pacific Hospital Fraud Case

Uncovering fraud against government programs is sometimes like peeling an onion, exposing layer after layer of impropriety from people trying to get rich off others’ misfortune. Such is the case with the on-going adjudication of a medical and workers’ compensation fraud ring tied to Pacific...

He Couldn’t Keep It Going

A Southern California doctor has been ordered to serve 15 months in federal prison for his role in a multimillion-dollar kickback scheme that defrauded California’s workers’ compensation program over several years. Dr. Faustino Bernadett, 65, of Rolling Hills, is among 24 people – mostly physicians...

Mayor Tricks Public with Workers’ Comp Fraud

Stealing from public insurance programs is a crime against society’s most vulnerable people. When a public official – especially an elected official – defrauds public programs, the betrayal is that much greater. That was the case with a Georgia mayor who pleaded guilty in December...

No Good Deals in Fraud

When people commit fraud against government programs, they’re trying to get something for nothing or otherwise steal from public coffers. What they fail to realize is that they will end up losing much more than they could gain. One common method of workers’ compensation fraud...

Tricky Trucker

One of the most common ways for people to commit fraud against workers’ compensation programs is to keep working in some other capacity while collecting benefits related to their last job. (The job they left because they were deemed unable to work.) Some people...

Paybacks for Kickbacks

Some fraudsters seek to get rich by filing false claims with insurance companies, thinking they are only hurting a big corporation, rather than stealing from individuals. What they may not realize is that health insurance fraud causes premiums to go up and benefits to...

No Small Matter

Sometimes what seems like a small thing can snowball into a very big thing, as is often the case with workers’ compensation fraud. A Modesto, Calif., man may have thought it was a small matter to underreport the number of staff at his employment...

Overstaying Your Benefits

In most cases, injured workers legitimately qualify for and begin to collect deserved benefits. However, there are times when deceptive workers decide to forego returning to work even though they are physically and mentally able to do so. (This is called workers’ compensation fraud.)...
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