Austin DA makes changes after funding deal criticized

The Travis County District Attorney’s office has announced it is dramatically restructuring its workers’ compensation fraud unit and implementing new safeguards against potential abuse and conflicts of interest after the agency was highly criticized for an agreement with a private insurer that had allowed the company to pay prosecutors to pursue its fraud cases. The […]

Illinois ARDC panel looks to up lawyer’s suspension

A Springfield, Illinois lawyer accused of engaging in dishonest conduct and charging unreasonable legal fees should repay his clients and receive a six-month suspension, a lawyer discipline review panel has urged. An Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission Review Board recommended the sanctions last week for Steven W. Berg, 63, who has been an attorney for […]

West Virginia worker accuses Brake Supply Co. of negligence, retaliation

A Raleigh County, West Virginia man says negligence on the part of his employer, Brake Supply Co., cost him three fingers on his left hand. Frederick Smith III filed a lawsuit Nov. 30 in Raleigh Circuit Court against Brake Supply Co. Inc., alleging liability for personal injury and retaliation for a workers’ compensation claim. West […]

North Hollywood home raided in $24M workers’ compensation fraud case

Several people are in custody facing felony charges of fraudulently billing more than $24 million in workers’ compensation cases. Officials carried out a morning raid on a North Hollywood home, which is one of the nine sites investigators arrested suspected conspirators. KABC (Los Angeles)

Siblings allegedly bilked workers’ comp out of $24M

Two siblings suspected of masterminding a fraud scheme that defrauded workers’ compensation insurers and employers by billing more than $24 million for unneeded interpreting services in San Diego and elsewhere were arrested Thursday, the state Department of Insurance announced. Del Mar-Carmel Valley Patch

‘Misery loves company’

When someone submits a workers’ compensation claim, it means that they are unable to perform their job responsibilities because of an on-the-job injury. The Daily Republic tells the story of one California man who used his workers’ compensation claim as an opportunity to take a vacation. The story states that the man, who was a […]