Workers Compensation News

Workers’ Comp Fraud Charges Filed on Utah

A Utah man who suffered a knee injury while working at the Montana State Prison is charged with defrauding the state worker’s compensation fund by collecting total disability benefits while running a construction company. The Independent Record reported the attorney …

California Insurance Agent Faces 96 Felony Counts

Jacob Richard Bonzer, 27, formerly of Lake Forest, Calif. was arrested Wednesday in Chicago by a U.S. Marshals Task Force on 96 felony counts including grand theft, forgery and denial of benefits. According to a joint investigation between the California …

Beauty Contestant Busted Through Social Media For Workers’ Comp Fraud

Shawna Lynn Palmer, 22, of Riverside has been arrested for workers’ compensation fraud after video evidence showed her participating in the 2014 Miss Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix beauty contest. Palmer, a clerk at Stater Brothers, on March 10 reported …

DIR: California’s Alternative Security Program Frees $7.5B for Businesses

Department of Industrial Relations Director Christine Baker has approved the implementation of the 2014/15 Alternative Security Program, which DIR says frees $7.54 billion in working capital and provides self-insured California businesses greater financial flexibility. The ASP, operated by the California Self Insurers’ Security Fund with …

Backers Drop Arizona Legislation On Workers’ Comp Benefits

Business-backed legislation to prohibit workers from filing lawsuits alleging they were unfairly denied workers’ compensation benefits for on-the-job injuries is going nowhere at the Arizona Legislature. According to the Arizona Capitol Times, supporters of the legislation decided to shelve it …

California Legislator Indicted for Taking Bribes in Workers’ Comp Scheme

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that state Sen. Ron Calderon has been indicted in a corruption case and accused of taking about $100,000 in bribes from a hospital executive in Southern California who ran an alleged workers’ compensation scheme. Federal authorities …

2.7 Percent Workers’ Comp Hike Sought For Washington In 2014

The Department of Labor & Industries has proposed an average 2.7 percent rate increase for 2014 workers’ compensation premiums. Over the past two years, workers’ compensation surveys have shown an increase in rates nationally, however this will be L&I’s first …

Veto Sustained On Missouri Workers’ Comp Database

Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto has been sustained on legislation calling for the creation of an online database of workers’ compensation claims. Senators supported the override 25-9 on Wednesday. But the House vote of 90-71 fell well short of the two-thirds …

Wife Nabbed For Allegedly Cashing Dead Hubby’s Workers’ Comp Checks in California

Rosa Maria Barajas, 68, of Huntington Park, Calif. was arrested for allegedly receiving workers’ compensation benefits of her dead husband. The arrest was made by California Department of Insurance detectives with assistance from the Huntington Park Police Department. Barajas is …

Texas Business Indicted on Workers’ Comp Fraud Charges

A Travis County, Texas grand jury has indicted Mark Edward Helm and McClanahan Drywall Inc., of Emory, Texas, on workers’ compensation fraud-related charges. Helm was an officer of McClanahan Drywall Inc. and obtained workers’ comp coverage through Texas Mutual Insurance …