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  • Division’s Latest Amnesty Program Intended to Boost Reporting by Claims Adjusters

    The California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is rolling out its second amnesty program of 2017 intended to persuade claims adjusters to comply with state reporting requirements for workers’ comp data. The goal is to increase the amount of Subsequent Report of Injury (SROI) data that makes it into the Workers’ Compensation Information System (WCIS) […]

  • Company Officials Charged in Electrocution

    The Orange County District Attorney has filed criminal charges against the safety coordinator and two other principals of Five Star Plastering, based in Laguna Hills. Its employee was involved in a 2014 electrocution. The employer itself also faces charges. A two-man crew was erecting a banner at the Mission Viejo High School stadium to support […]

  • Insurance Department nabs trio for billing fraud

    The California Department of Insurance arrested three individuals including a registered qualified medical evaluator (QME) in a scheme to defraud health insurers by artificially inflating bills. The three face charges of conspiracy to submit at least $380,000 in fraudulent bills for laboratory services. Arrested were Dr. Edward Albert G. Balbas, chiropractor Jon Brunelle, and Alejandra […]

  • Applicant attorney suspended, awaits sentencing

    State officials suspended a Southern California applicant attorney from practicing law in California, and the attorney is awaiting sentencing for tax fraud. The fraudulent activity stemmed from reputed charitable donations that were actually payments for client referrals. The California State Bar suspended attorney Ronald Mix’s license indefinitely effective September 26. The move follows Mix’s conviction […]

Curated Content Articles of Interest from Around the Web

  • Flash: Rate Cut in 2019

    The members of the Rating Bureau’s governing committee just approved an eighth straight filing for a workers’ comp rate cut. How much is it? Get the details by clicking here. Workers’ Comp Executive

  • Ohio pain doc to reimburse BWC $33K in fraud case

    A 71-year-old Akron pain specialist has agreed to reimburse the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation more than $33,000 and stop seeing injured workers in the BWC system after pleading guilty to workers’ compensation fraud. Investigators determined the physician provided inadequate care and falsified records so he could bill the agency for services not rendered. Akron […]

  • Florida: 30 unlicensed contractors nabbed

    Pinellas County, Florida law enforcement conducted a three-day sting in St. Petersburg targeted at unlicensed contractors. The sweeps started after a Tampa Bay Times investigation that exposed how the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board failed to protect residents from unlicensed contractors. Tampa Bay Times