7 years of prison for disability fraud

How bad apples fuel misconceptions about workers’ compensation and ways insurance companies investigate fraud.

fraud1A New Jersey firefighter has been sentenced to 7 years in prison after being convicted of fraudulently collecting disability benefits. Investigators discovered that he took part in mixed martial arts competitions and taught jiu jitsu while receiving more than $80,000 in disability payments. Attorney General Christopher Porrino was quoted as saying “this is one of the most egregious cases of pension fraud in recent memory.”

We get angry when a fraudster makes the news because it feeds into the perception that most people who claim disability are just faking. A Harris Poll in 2014 showed that 37% of Americans think most workers’ compensation claims are made by individuals who do not want to work.

A few bad apples really do spoil the bunch. Accident Fund Insurance Company of America, one of the nation’s largest workers’ compensation insurance carriers, says actual fraud involves less than 4% of claims.

People who try to game the system are quickly exposed. Insurance companies routinely send claimants to examinations with doctors. Private investigators are hired to perform activity checks and surveillance. Penalties for committing fraud are severe.

Insurance companies and corporate interests have spent millions on propaganda to influence the general public. Next time somebody points out a fraudster in the news, tell them about your problems getting workers’ compensation benefits approved. Fight misconceptions about fraud with your truth!

Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers never charges a fee to evaluate a potential case. Our law firm has represented injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Call (855) 221-2667 for a free consultation today.

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