Ex-Costa Mesa police officer gets jail time for workers’ comp fraud

A 32-year-old former Costa Mesa, California police officer now faces a six month jail sentence for falsely claiming he injured his hand while transporting a suspect for booking at the city jail and filing a fraudulent workers’ compensation claim. Jail surveillance camera footage indicated that the reported accident had never occurred. OC Weekly

California: Father, daughter used workers’ comp investments to open cigar shop

A 63-year-old Long Beach, California man and his 28-year-old daughter face felony charges in connection with a scheme that defrauded injured workers who invested their workers’ compensation funds, according to state insurance regulators. Investigators say the two embezzled nearly $274,000 from injured employees who had invested the funds with a company owned by the man, […]

Santa Monica mulls contractor to help with workers’ comp

The city of Santa Monica is responding to its accelerating workers’ compensation costs by considering a third-party to help manage workers’ comp claims. The city’s contributions to the Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurance Fund in the current fiscal year increased by 50 percent and is projected to rise by another 10 percent a year if current claims […]

What is wounded prof owed?

A former professor at the American University of Afghanistan who was wounded in a 2016 attack on the university has filed for workers’ compensation under the Defense Base Act program, which provides workers’ compensation for civilian employees working overseas on military bases or on government-contracted public works projects. Some current and former AUAF faculty stated […]

Remaining claims dismissed in ex-players’ drug lawsuit against NFL

A federal judge in California has dismissed the remaining claims in a lawsuit filed by former professional football players alleging that National Football League teams mistreated them with pain medication. According to the judge’s order, the case could not proceed because the two former players whose claims were still alive had previously sought relief through […]

Central New York truck driver charged with stealing $20K in benefits

A 46-year-old truck driver has been arrested on charges of defrauding New York’s workers’ compensation system by more than $20,000, according to the State Workers’ Compensation Fraud inspector general. The driver reportedly reported to medical examiners and the workers’ compensation insurer that he was not working and was unable to drive more than short distances […]

Tennessee: Former insurance agent charged with fraud

A former Hixson, Tennessee insurance agent is facing fraud charges related to a business owner’s purchase of more than $9,000 for a workers’ compensation and liability insurance policy. Investigators determined the agent had no authority to sell or issue policies from that insurance company. WRCB (Chattanooga, Tenn.)