San Bernardino County has probed 50 workers’ comp fraud cases this fiscal year

The San Bernardino County district attorney’s office last week announced that there have been 50 investigations into workers’ compensation fraud in the county this fiscal year, leading to 17 criminal case filings. At least four cases are still being investigated and monthly sweeps targeting workers’ compensation non-compliance remain ongoing. Last year, 52 investigations resulted in […]

Workers’ comp and pension costs pressure Santa Monica future budgets

Santa Monica’s fiscal outlook looks strong for the next two years, but a dramatic and potentially destabilizing rise in pension costs is in the offing, according to a new budget released by the city manager. Pensions and workers’ compensation present the most significant pressures on the budget. For 2018-2019, total compensation, which includes employee salaries, […]

Petition calls for firing of rural board director after second harassment claim

In Crescent City, California, a local college professor is behind a petition calling on the Rural Human Services Board of Directors to fire its executive director, who has been named in two formal sexual harassment complaints. One of them involves a workers’ compensation claim for job stress due to allegedly continued harassment and sexual harassment […]

Canada: Sask. man gets jail for record workers’ comp fraud

A Saskatchewan man has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for defrauding the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board of nearly $100,000 and returning to work while receiving benefits. A WCB spokesman says it’s the largest fraud against the board in its history. CBC News Saskatoon

How an auto worker was swindled out of a workers’ comp case

A Michigan maintenance worker at General Motors was seriously injured on the job in 1990. She believes the attorney who handled her claim purposefully filed false documents. She says she signed a blank retainer agreement, not knowing she was giving the attorney leeway to file a product liability case. The several-decade ordeal still isn’t over. […]