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Couple Who Cashed Dead Claimants' Checks Among 4 Admitting WC Fraud 02/17/2016
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 374 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A man and a woman who stole the identity of a deceased claimant so they could cash his benefit checks were among four Ohio residents who pleaded guilty to or were convicted of workers' compensation fraud charges in January, according to the Bureau of Workers' Compensation. Co...Read More

Feds Seek 94K Restitution From Softball-Playing Claimant 02/17/2016
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 263 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A former employee of the U.S. Postal Service played in an hours-long competitive softball game after claiming that her work injuries prevented her from grasping objects or reaching above her shoulder, federal prosecutors say. ...Read More
DWC Adopts Rule Raising Temporary Income Benefit Threshold 02/17/2016
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 416 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Texas Division of Workers' Compensation has adopted a rules change that increases the threshold for which injured workers qualify for temporary income benefits to $10 an hour from $8.50 an hour. Injured workers whose pre-injury wages were less than $10 an hour will qualify for tem...Read More
Prosecutors Say Postal Worker Ran Pest Control Service While on Injury Leave 02/17/2016
State: NJ | Segment: NORTH | 310 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
A New Jersey postal worker who allegedly ran a pest control business while collecting indemnity benefits is charged with insurance fraud and theft by deception, according to a press release by the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office. ...Read More
Expectations for DWC's UR Audit Ramp Up Mixed 02/16/2016
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1408 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The most vocal critics of utilization review reacted to the Division of Workers' Compensation's announcement that it will ramp up audits this year with a range of opinions, from "it's about time" to "so what." The division last week said its Audit and ...Read More
Jury Awards Contractor Burned at Qualcomm Headquarters $7 Million 02/16/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 980 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A jury has ordered Global semi-conductor manufacturer Qualcomm Inc. to pay $7 million in damages to a contractor who was severely burned while inspecting electrical equipment at the company’s headquarters, ...Read More

Correction Officer Pleads Guilty to Workers' Compensation Fraud 02/16/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1042 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A correctional officer in Sacramento has pleaded guilty to making false statements in order to receive workers’ compensation benefits, according to the Sacramento Co...Read More

Auto Shop Worker Charged with Workers' Compensation Fraud 02/16/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 910 | 0 | Popular with Legal
An auto body and paint shop worker in Fontana has been arrested for allegedly filing a false workers’ compensation claim, according to the San Bernardino County Distri...Read More
Langille to Succeed McClain as CWCI General Counsel 02/16/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 852 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Workers' Compensation Institute announced Friday the appointment of Ellen Sims Langille to succeed Michael McClain as general counsel. McClain is retiring in late May. Langille received her undergraduate degree from University of California, Santa Cruz and her l...Read More
DWC Posts Agenda for Formulary Hearing 02/16/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 795 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Division of Workers' Compensation is soliciting feedback on issues such as criteria for evaluating formulary alternatives, what types of drugs should be included in California's formulary and whether prior authorization should be required during a public hearing on Feb. 17. Ac...Read More
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