Tuesday, April 20, 2021

COVID Feature: No Rest for the Fraudulent

The coronavirus pandemic has significantly impacted the country’s economy and left many unable to financially support themselves and their families. Fraudsters have made the circumstances worse by taking advantage of the vulnerable state of the nation and the programs Congress approved to help alleviate...

COVID Feature: Not A Pretty Picture

The federal government has doled out billions of dollars in COVID-19 economic stimulus funding and is coming down hard on those who try to defraud the program – even a Hollywood movie producer. FBI agents arrested former Aviron Pictures Chairman William Sadleir for wire fraud,...

COVID Feature: One Fraud Too Many

Two men from California’s San Fernando Valley have been arrested in connection with a fraudulent Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan scheme. Business partners Steven Goldstein and Raymond Magana are accused of illegally obtaining more than $1.95 million in PPP loans for their companies by...

Putting a Price on Body Parts

The title of this blog sounds a bit gruesome, but I assure you that it is only intended to get your attention about a workers’ compensation fraud scheme carried out in Southern California. (No body parts were bought or sold in today’s fraud case;...

Endangering Justice

A former California Highway Patrol officer who injured his back while on duty has pleaded no contest to felony workers’ compensation insurance fraud. Brian Christopher Hansen was sentenced to 180 days in Sacramento County Jail and five years formal probation.

Dirty Business

A Simi Valley, Calif., janitor, who supposedly injured his right shoulder while working in a local school system, was put on temporary total disability and began receiving medical treatment and workers’ compensation benefits. While everything appeared to be aboveboard, he was actually committing workers compensation fraud while...

Read the Fine Print

 The State of California’s Department of Industrial Relations has a comprehensive Guidebook for Injured Workers posted on its website. (Just about every question an injured worker may have about workers’ compensation is addressed here. And, there’s even a Spanish version too.) A man from...

Jerked Around

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing has the highest rate of nonfatal occupational injuries. Some of those injuries occur from manually lifting and moving patients or physical assault by patients. (The American Nurses Association reports that 1 in 4 nurses have...

The Gate Has Closed

Some of the most common types of workers’ compensation fraud include: workers submitting false claims for injuries that never happened or were misrepresented as a work-related injury; double dipping or working while collecting benefits; exaggerated claims where workers sustain a legitimate injury but inflate the severity...

Expired

There are many different ways that workers’ compensation fraud occurs. One of the most common instances is when an injured worker makes false statements or fakes an injury. Then there are some individuals who are receiving workers’ compensation benefits while working a second job. (That’s a no-no.)...
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