It is great when people decide to go into business for themselves. However, if a person is also receiving disability benefits from workers' compensation, this can cause a serious legal problem in California. It can also be financially detrimental to an employer who is paying the premiums for the insurance covering the benefits received. One worker who had decided to try and take advantage of the system recently pleaded guilty to criminal charges of employee fraud.
The man had been receiving benefits for temporary total disability when authorities received allegations that the man was operating his own hot dog cart business. This was problematic since claimants are not allowed to work while receiving these benefits. Investigators discovered that the man was cooking and serving food to customers, and they also found pictures online showing the man working at the hot dog cart.