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Articles Tagged with workers comp fraud

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bill-oxford-udXD2NrbXS8-unsplash-300x200A police officer in Santa Ana, CA, is accused of committing workers’ compensation insurance fraud for allegedly continuing to accept his full salary without working, even though he was physically able to return to work.

Jonathon Ridge, 39, was charged with four counts of insurance fraud. Attorney information wasn’t available.

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sebastian-pichler-bAQH53VquTc-unsplash-300x200Authorities in Panama City, FL, arrested three people accused of committing workers’ compensation fraud on Tuesday. There is a pending arrest warrant for a fourth individual, sources indicate.

One of the individuals arrested was Bay County Commissioner Keith Baker, who is the owner of Tri-State Climate Solutions LLC. Baker faces charges of workers’ compensation fraud, bid tampering, and official misconduct. He was booked into Bay County Jail. Attorney information wasn’t available at the time of writing.

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pexels-photo-3936369-300x199The scenario is becoming more and more a reality: workers on the job becoming ill with COVID-19. Much of what is happening across the US has never happened before, so the question remains unanswered: Can workers who have to remain on the job file for worker’s compensation if they contract the virus? The answer isn’t clear yet.

On the job injuries, which come with paid time away from the job and paid medical bills, must be proven before those benefits will be awarded. And that’s not easy in the case of the current crisis with the coronavirus.  The Bureau of Workers’ Comp has to be able to find proof that the employer is to blame. And since you can contract the virus while doing everyday activities outside of work, too, it won’t be easy.

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pexels-photo-48604-300x191The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana announced the sentencing of Marvin Clifton, M.D., of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after he was convicted of workers’ compensation fraud for allegedly submitting more than $500,000 in false claims to the federal Office of Workers’ Compensation Program.

Clifton, 71, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison and two years of supervised release after his imprisonment. He was also ordered to pay a $50,000 fine and a $100 special assessment. Attorney information wasn’t available.

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justice-2060093_1920-300x200The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office announced that eight individuals and nine businesses have been charged in a labor-related crackdown.

The alleged crimes collectively stole more than $250,000 in workers’ wages and benefits. They include the nonpayment of more than $58,000 for unemployment insurance fund contributions and failure to pay more than $133,000 to the state’s fund for workers’ compensation, prosecutors said. Two of the defendants also allegedly dumped polluted water into a public storm water drain.

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