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WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FRAUD – AND YOU

Posted on: July 10, 2015 by in Criminal Defense
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Workers’ compensation fraud happens far too frequently in California. In most cases, the crime is charged as a misdemeanor, and a conviction is punishable by up to a year in jail. However, if the fraud is egregious, the crime can be prosecuted as a felony, and a conviction for the felony charge is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $150,000 or twice the amount of the fraud, whichever is greater. If you are accused of committing workers’ compensation fraud in southern California, it’s imperative to retain legal representation and contact an experienced Orange County criminal defense lawyer as quickly as possible. Workers’ comp fraud in California typically happens in one of these three ways:

  • when an employee fakes or exaggerates a medical condition to receive workers’ compensation benefits
  • when an employer lies about an employee’s injury to keep that employee from receiving workers’ comp benefits (and raising the employer’s premium)
  • when a doctor bills workers’ compensation insurance for treatments that a patient did not need or receive

California healthcare providers who are accused of workers’ compensation fraud also need to be concerned about professional discipline. For doctors, any criminal conviction that is “substantially related” to the medical profession can lead to professional disciplinary action. Nurses and pharmacists can also face discipline and license revocation.

If you are charged with workers’ compensation fraud in southern California, you should be represented by a knowledgeable attorney who understands the serious nature of the charge and who routinely helps clients who are accused of fraud. Your lawyer will line up evidence and witnesses on your behalf; will fight to discredit the government’s case and its witnesses; and will work hard to bring your workers’ compensation fraud case to its best possible resolution. You simply cannot face a fraud charge alone; if you are charged with the crime in southern California, arrange at once to speak with an experienced Orange County criminal defense lawyer.