There is a frustrating, widely held belief that workers commit most of the workers’ comp fraud in this country. It couldn’t be further from the truth. My colleagues and I, who are on the front lines of workers’ compensation law, can attest to the fact that we see employers commit more fraud, and when they do, it tends to be far more costly than worker fraud. Just yesterday another story popped up in the news about a company owner in California committing fraud that cost workers and other businesses $700K.
I wish truly wish that stories like this were unusual, but they just aren’t. Cracking down on corporate corruption and greed would save a lot of money for insurance companies and other businesses, while saving even more American workers a lot of pain and suffering. Here is a link to an article with more details on the fraud committed by Doherty Painting & Construction:
“The crimes we have charged against this employer are extremely serious,” says San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón. “This conduct not only victimizes workers who are desperately trying to make a living in a very tough economy, it also hurts the honest businesses that were unable to successfully compete for these projects which the defendant was able to underbid and win as a result of this scheme.”