A California man who previously owned a local hospital admitted his guilt in committing workers' compensation fraud. The U.S. Attorney's Office filed the charges against the man for ongoing fraudulent billing for monetary gain in association with patients referred by specialists to the hospital for spinal surgeries. He pleaded guilty to providing bonus commissions to other parties in association with a federal health care program as well as conspiracy as a part of his deal. Business owners accused of workers' compensation fraud may choose to closely investigate all options for defending themselves against the allegations.
Workers' compensation fraud is considered a very serious crime even if it is attempted with good intentions. An employer who is accused of defrauding the state or federal government could be responsible for heavy restitution and jail time if found to be liable. Recently, a California psychologist admitted in court to workers' compensation fraud and apologized for fraudulent actions against the government, including over billing for workers' compensation claims.
A California business owner who is accused of workers' compensation fraud may feel a myriad of emotions as they face a gruesome investigation. If an employer is found guilty, they may choose to seek help in minimizing fines and protecting business assets as best as possible. A chiropractor was recently investigated, convicted and sentenced for workers' compensation fraud for certain practices in his place of business.
Recently a California medical equipment company was accused of workers' compensation fraud and four men face serious allegations and potentially long-term consequences. Reports indicate that a physical therapy machine and the use of different company names may have been the catalyst for their accused workers' compensation fraud. Employers who faces extensive accusations for a serious crime that may or may not have been committed may choose to fully investigate their options.
A California manufacturing food company that provides fresh produce for a number of large fast food chains and food providers across the nation is facing strong accusations and an attempt at unionization with a strong employer defense. Many workers have publicly denounced the company and claimed unsafe conditions. A company that is facing harsh accusations of unfair labor practices and denying workers' compensation when necessary may choose to prepare an employer defense to protect the business.
Workers' compensation fraud can seem like an easy and anonymous way to bring in extra money to a business. However, this high-risk practice can have devastating financial consequences for a business owner when caught and confronted with legal action. Recently, two radiologists and their companies were sued for workers' compensation fraud and illegal billing practices.
Workers' compensation fraud is a dangerous financial trick that can harm innocent people and take advantage of the state. A business owner that chooses to participate in fraudulent activity may be putting themselves at risk for legal repercussions that may have permanent consequences professionally. Recently a California court ruled to dismiss a medical provider and his colleagues from workers' compensation fraud charges.
Workers' compensation fraud can be detrimental to employees who live paycheck to paycheck and rely solely on the honesty and integrity of their employers. When a worker discovers they have been taken advantage of and cheated out of their rightful earnings, they may seek legal action to collect their lacking wages. Recently, a local California restaurant owner charged with workers' compensation fraud found himself facing a total of 12 felonies and four misdemeanors.
A search warrant to obtain paperwork from a restaurant in California was executed in June 2013. A thorough investigation followed and revealed that the owner had falsified the records of the restaurant. The man was charged with 16 misdemeanor and felony counts, including alleged workers' compensation fraud, payroll tax fraud, violations regarding minimum wage as well as overtime premium and the dissuading of a witness.
The 68-year-old founder of a bird sanctuary in California was placed under arrest over the weekend of Nov. 2. He was booked into jail for workers' compensation fraud charges but was released some time later. The defendant had allegedly been conducting business at the sanctuary for the past seven months without the required insurance for worker's compensation.