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  • Flash: BAKER RESPONDS TO AUDITOR’S REPORT

    In exclusive interviews and written communications with Workers’ Comp Executive former DIR Director Christine Baker responds directly to the State Auditor’s recent critical report. Baker, in her own inimitable fashion goes directly to the relevant points. This story can’t be found anywhere else – and we include links to the full text of the Auditors […]

  • 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 […]

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    Flash: Yawn: Berkshire Finally Unloads Troubled Applied Underwriters

    The delayed sale of Applied Underwriters is finally complete. What conditions did the regulators impose? Get the details here. Workers’ Comp Executive

     

    Ex-LAPD officer charged in workers’ comp fraud case

    Prosecutors have charged a 39-year-old former Los Angeles Police Department officer with improperly collecting workers’ compensation before he resigned in 2016. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office says he engaged in activities inconsistent with his claimed injuries while off work on disability in 2015 and misrepresented his injuries in order to collect additional benefits. NBC Los Angeles

     

    Authorities bust 17 in Tampa-area contractor sting

    Pinellas County, Florida Sheriff’s detectives arrested 17 allegedly unlicensed electrical, plumbing, concrete work, painting, drywall and tile contractors last week for licensed specialty contracting violations and workers’ compensation fraud. WFTS (Tampa) [with video]

     

    Pennsylvania: County controller criticizes new workers’ comp contract

    Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania commissioners unanimously voted to approve a one-year, $1.09 million contract to oversee and pay out large workers’ compensation claims, but the county’s controller says the decision to rehire the private insurance company was a “sham.” TribLive (Pittsburgh)

     

    Former workers’ comp company attorney sues for wrongful termination

    A former workers’ compensation attorney for Tyson Foods has sued the company in Iowa, asserting he was fired because he complained to corporate officials that the company was providing inaccurate information to deny employees workers’ comp benefits. Des Moines Register

     

    Custodian says he was exposed to chemicals, fired for workers’ comp claim

    A former custodial worker at a Philadelphia facility alleges he was fired for filing a workers’ compensation claim after having a severe reaction to the chemicals to which he was exposed. The lawsuit seeks punitive damages of more than $50,000. Pennsylvania Record

     

    NYSDOT inspector admits to workers’ comp fraud

    Authorities have charged a 39-year-old New York State Department of Transportation motor carrier inspector with illegally accessing driver/vehicle examination reports from state and federal databases to help his own trucking company. While collecting workers’ compensation for a claimed injury, he secretly operated a private trucking company, according to the New York State Office of Inspector General. CDL Life