By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Don’t miss the guest speaker at this Wednesday’s Valley Morning Insight. Michael Chiriatti, Jr., Lead Deputy District Attorney from the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, will be speaking on Workers’ Compensation Insurance Fraud. Call the Chamber office at (760) 245-6506 to RSVP today!
“Workers’ comp fraud hurts large and small companies and damages the business climate,” Supervisor Lovingood said. “So I thank District Attorney Anderson for his commitment to keep a focus on this problem.”
What kinds of crimes are prosecuted?
Claimant Fraud– It may be a crime for an employee to lie about an injury, such as falsely claiming it to be work-related when it is not, exaggerating symptoms, or hiding pre-existing injuries.
Denial of Benefits– It is a crime for an employer to lie to discourage an employee from filing a valid workers’ compensation claim. It is also a crime to not report an employee’s work-related injury to the insurance carrier.
Premium Fraud– It is a crime for an employer to lie to the insurance carrier about the nature of their business or the type of work in which employees engage in order to lower, or keep low, insurance premiums.
Medical Fraud– It is a crime for service providers (doctors, chiropractors, pharmacies, diagnostic services, interpreters, attorneys, etc.) to submit false or inflated billings to insurance companies.
Uninsured Employers– It is a crime when an employer knowingly fails to carry workers’ compensation insurance covering employees.
To report workers’ comp fraud, contact the District Attorney’s Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit at DAWorkersComp@sbcda.org or call (909) 891-3523. Service organizations interested in a guest speaker presentation on workers’ compensation fraud may contact the unit at the above email address.