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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 advantage of his employer and committed workers’ compensation fraud by cashing in on benefits he didn’t deserve.

Gurmail Singh first reported an on-the-job injury while working at the poultry processing facility in Livingston, Ca., in November 2014.  After filing a workers’ compensation claim, he received medical treatment along with workers’ compensation benefits. (Seven months later, Singh retired and kept on receiving his workers’ compensation benefits.)

At some point the retired poultry plant worker showed up on the workers’ compensation fraud radar screen. A subsequent investigation revealed that he gave false statements and hid some facts about his case during his deposition and at a medical appointment. Apparently, he wasn’t quite telling the truth about his physical abilities and limitations due to his injury and medical history. (His guilt spoke just as loud as if a rooster had crowed.) A conviction for workers’ compensation fraud followed, as well as a sentence for three years of probation. He was also ordered to pay his former employer for reimbursement for investigation costs.

Today’s Fraud of the Day comes from the article, “Foster Farms retiree convicted of workers’ compensation insurance fraud,” published Mar. 20, 2020 by The Modesto Bee.

A retired Foster Farms employee has been convicted of workers’ compensation insurance fraud, the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office reported.

Gurmail Singh was employed in the company’s processing facility in Livingston and reported an on-the-job injury in November 2014. He filed a workers’ compensation claim and consequently received medical treatment and paid benefits, a news release says.

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Larry Benson
Larry Benson is currently the Director of Strategic Alliances for Revenue Discovery and Recovery at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. In this role, Benson is responsible for developing partnerships for the tax and revenue and child support enforcement verticals. He focuses on embedded companies that have a need for third-party analytics to enhance their current offerings.