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Public awareness campaign aims at curbing workers' compensation fraud

Friday, November 9th, 2012
Issue 45, Volume 16.
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SAN DIEGO - A public awareness campaign announced this week features 65 billboards and transit shelter posters throughout San Diego County aimed at curbing workers' compensation fraud

The District Attorney's Office hopes the campaign -- which runs through November -- will make people think twice before committing the crime.

"Workers' compensation fraud increases when the economy struggles," said District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis. "Ultimately, the crime hits all of us in our wallets. This anti-fraud message will be seen by an estimated one million people every day in San Diego County."

Authorities said workers' compensation fraud costs California consumers up to $4 billion every year.

The fraud is committed by employees faking an injury; by employers denying employee benefits, failing to report accurate payroll or having no insurance at all; and by healthcare and legal providers billing for services not rendered.

The new public awareness campaign is funded through a grant from the California Workers' Compensation Fraud Assessment Commission and the California Department of Justice.



Comment Profile ImageJoe Citizen
Comment #1 | Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 11:24 am
There is an error in this article. The overall funding for this grant is determined by the Fraud Assessment Commission. Individual counties are awarded funding by the Insurance Commissioner. The Department of Justice is not involved.
Comment Profile Imagebusiness owner
Comment #2 | Sunday, Nov 11, 2012 at 7:53 am
They should also audit "small" many dont carry the mandated wc insurance.That leaves those of us who extremely high premiums..Some "Home Care" Providers/businesses in Fallbrook hire"Sub contractors" which they do NOT pay w c for yet they mis lead the elderly and say that they are insured businesses. The public needs to be aware and ASK for certificates of Insurance from ANY people they have doing work for them..especially those who care for our loved ones.

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