Employers can not monitor their workers 24 hours a day. Even police officers have time off duty wherein they are free to live their lives as they so choose. What they or other workers are not free to do, however, is claim that they have been injured on the job in order to collect benefits when such details are untrue. Workers' compensation fraud is subject to prosecution in California and all other states. One police officer recently learned that the hard way.
The officer claimed he injured his back in a traffic collision while on duty. The 28-year-old filed a workers' compensation claim related to the alleged incident in 2014. Afterward, he took periodic leaves of absence which he claimed were related to his case.