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Fraud suspected in man's workers' compensation claims

For many Kentucky employees, access to a good workers' compensation policy is a necessary benefit, especially in industries where employees face a significant amount of risk every day. However, in some cases, people may find ways to take advantage of workers' compensation by filing fraudulent claims in order to reap financial benefits. Unfortunately, while seemingly legitimate at the time, fraudulent behavior of this kind is almost always discovered later on and can result in costly consequences including loss of employment, fines and even jail time. 

In a recent case out of California, an LAPD officer is being charged with workers' compensation fraud. In the initial claim made by the officer, he detailed pain that he described resulted from an on-the-job injury. His claims were made under oath, and soon afterward he was awarded compensation. He was also given time away from work to deal with his injury and regain health. Later on, it was discovered that the officer had participated in certain physical activities for an extended period of time that had played a direct role in his initial injury. Soon after, he was arrested and charged with fraud and perjury under oath. If convicted, the officer could face nearly 6 years of jail time. 

If an employer is dealing with problems regarding workers' compensation claims, they may benefit from the guidance of an attorney. A legal professional is capable of identifying fraudulent behavior and has the tools to build a case based on factual evidence.

Source:, "LAPD officer charged with Workers' Compensation fraud pleads not guilty," Debbie L. Sklar, Feb. 7, 2018

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