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Workers Comp and Disabilities Fraud

High Times

It is legal to plant, grow, cultivate, harvest, and prepare marijuana plants to be sold to consumers in California as long as you have a permit. What is not legal is defrauding the government by avoiding taxes and conducting business in an irresponsible manner. Monica...

COVID Feature: Misdirected Money

Millions of Americans have filed for unemployment benefits in recent months due to the Coronavirus pandemic. One of the states that has been hit the hardest is Pennsylvania, where over 2.3 million residents have applied for unemployment benefits since March. U.S. Attorney William McSwain of...

Able-bodied After All

Janeide Chillis of Irvington, N.J. served as a U.S. Postal Service employee until she claimed to suffer from a slip-and-fall accident at work. Chilis began to receive compensation benefits after having a doctor certify she was disabled from the incident and unable to work....

The Vacation is Over

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs administers four major disability compensation programs, one of which is the Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation (DFEC). In FY 2019, DFEC provided more than $3 billion in benefits to more than 217,000 federal...

Prescription for Fraud

A Fort Lee, N.J., pharmacist got caught up in an elaborate workers’ compensation fraud scheme that stole between $1.5 and $3.5 million through postal workers’ compensation claims. The pharmacist conspired with three other individuals to prescribe and dispense expensive topical pain creams that were...

Doctor Ordered to Federal Prison for Workers Compensation Fraud

Some people perceive taking money from government programs as allowable, because after all, they think they deserve it. But federal officials who build cases against these offenders are quick to point out otherwise. (Fraudsters don’t deserve free money, but they do deserve punishment for...

Retired from Fraud

In California, when an employee retires while receiving workers’ compensation benefits, his or her employer must still pay for all medical expenses related to the injury. (If that person is still injured, that is.) A retired employee of a Livingston-based poultry processing plant took...

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...
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