Dog the Bounty Hunter WC Fraud Part Two 5

Report
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SNIFFING OUT WORKERS’
COMPENSATION FRAUD
Putting a Leash on Workers’ Compensation Fraud
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ARMED ROBBERY WITH A DANGEROUS WEAPON
 The ink pen.
 Workers’ compensation fraud occurs when an employee
knowingly lies to obtain benefits.
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THE RIFF-OFF
Workers’ Compensation Fraud results in:
 An increase in premiums.
 Withholding of employee raises.
 Cuts to employee benefits.
 Job loss.
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FRAUD RAP SHEET
 Insurance fraud costs the average family between $400
and $700 each year in increased premiums.
 Workers’ compensation fraud cost $80 million in Louisiana
alone.
 A legitimate claim can easily turn fraudulent.
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FRAUD ALIASES
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NOT YOUR USUAL SUSPECTS
 Summer baby sitter.
 Deer hunter.
 Home for the holidays.
 No vacation time on the books.
 Got on my last nerve.
 The pregnant claimant.
 The husband and wife tag team.
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NOT YOUR USUAL SUSPECTS
 Doctors.
 Pharmacists.
 Therapists.
 Attorneys.
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FRAUD STAKE OUT
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COULD IT BE FRAUD?
 Disgruntled employee.
 Financial or domestic hardship.
 Misses medical appointments.
 Injured worker wants to control the time he can meet with the
adjuster or doctor.
 Applies for unemployment benefits.
 Physical appearance:
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Tanned.
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Calloused hands.
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Grease under fingernails.
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RUMORS
 The accident never happened.
 The injury did not occur at work.
 The employee can return to work.
 The employee is working somewhere else.
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INJURED WORKER IS NEVER HOME
 The injured employee is difficult to reach.
 Voice mail always picks up when trying to reach employee
by phone.
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CAN’T GET STORY TOGETHER
 Conflicting descriptions of the accident.
 Not clear on the details of the accident.
 Provides vague responses to questions.
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METHOD OF OPERATION
Employee has filed past workers’ compensation claims.
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HEADQUARTERS
THE EMPLOYER’S ROLE
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SOUND HIRING PRACTICES
 Conduct criminal background checks.
 Drivers’ license and MVA checks.
 Verify references.
 Maintain current addresses for all employees.
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NO EXCUSES
 Employee education.
 Employer education.

Knowledgeable supervisors and managers.
 Online claims reporting capability.
 Fraud hotline.
 Online fraud reporting capability.
 Maintain a working relationship with the adjuster.
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KNOW FRAUD INDICATORS
 Rumors.
 Late reporting.
 Doctor shopping.
 Voice mail / answering machines.
 Can’t get the story straight.
 Friday / Monday accidents.
 No witnesses.
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INVESTIGATE ALL ACCIDENTS
Use sound investigation techniques.
 Obtain accurate information about job-related accidents.
 Review video surveillance of accident scene.
 Interview injured workers and witnesses as soon as
possible.
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Separate witnesses.
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PROMOTE A FRAUD-FREE WORKPLACE
 Develop a policy statement about WC fraud.
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WC fraud is a crime.
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Show employees how fraud affects benefits.
 Discuss WC policies and procedures with employees.
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What to do when an accident occurs.
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Return to work program.
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Transitional duty employment deters fraud.
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Find a place for the injured worker to come back to.
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PERIODIC SAFETY CHECKS
 Maintain a safe work environment.
 Have regular inspections of work areas and equipment.
 Fix hazards immediately.
 Document all safety checks and repairs.

Safety records are evidence.
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EXIT INTERVIEWS
 Discourage post-termination claims.
 Obtain a signed statement from employee about any
unreported injury at work.
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FRAUD- PROOF THE WORKPLACE
 Complete the first report of injury.
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Incidents.
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Near-misses.
 Report the injury to the carrier immediately.
 Obtain prompt medical attention.
 Stay in touch with injured workers.
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THE PRECINCT
-THE ADJUSTER’S ROLE
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SPECIAL INVESTIGATION UNIT
 Take recorded statements.
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Injured worker.
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Supervisor.
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Witnesses.
 Accident Reconstruction.
 Scrutinize medical documentation.
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WATCH FOR CLAIM PATTERNS
 Symptom magnification.
 Injured worker is never home.
 Injured worker always wants medication.
 Excuses to get out of medical appointments.
 Doesn’t return state required forms.
 Will not cooperate with voc rehab.
 Injured worker is knowledgeable about the comp system.
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OUTSIDE RESOURCES
 Medical case management.
 Vocational rehabilitation.
 Claims clearinghouse (index system).
 Surveillance.
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SURVEILLANCE
 Coordinate with defense attorney.
 Same day of a doctor’s visit.
 Evenings, nights and weekends.
 Regional and local festivals.
 Question injured worker about activities seen on the surveillance
video.
 Have the treating physician question the injured worker about his
pain level and physical activities.
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PLAY IT SAFE!
DO NOT GIVE THE VIDEO TO THE DOCTOR!
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Lose right to privileged information.
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Plaintiff has a right to the video as well.
Hold video until after the deposition.
 Attorney
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Show surveillance video to defense attorney.
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Schedule deposition after surveillance.
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ONCE YOU SUSPECT FRAUD
 Get a second medical opinion.
 Utilize surveillance.
 Involve law enforcement agencies.
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Attorney General.
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District Attorney.
 Involve professional oversight boards.
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Pharmaceutical Board.
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Board of Medical Examiners.
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QUESTIONS TO ASK
 What lie did the injured worker tell to receive benefits?
 Did the injured worker lie knowingly or intentionally?
 Was the lie made to obtain or deny benefits?
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FRAUD IS A CRIME
Workers’ compensation fraud is costly and it’s illegal.
 Employees who knowingly lie or help someone else provide false
information in order to receive benefits

5 years in prison.

$5000 fine.
 Employers who lie to pay lower premiums face
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10 years in prison.
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$10,000 fine.
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FRAUD LINE UP
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FRAUD LINE UP
 Three comp claimants caught with side jobs in Texas.
 New York roofer accused of collecting benefits after
returning to work.
 Five years prison for executive convicted of comp fraud.
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FRAUD LINE UP
 Brooklyn doctor charged with workers’ compensation
fraud.
 Business owner in Massachusetts accused of premium
fraud.
 Ex-paramedic charged with false reporting.
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FRAUD LINE UP
 Ft. Lauderdale business owner convicted in federal court in
July for workers’ compensation employer fraud.
 $4,600,000 fraud.
 60 months in prison with restitution.
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HELP TAKE A BITE OUT OF WC FRAUD
 Know what to look for.
 Know what to do.
 Don’t be afraid to prosecute.
 Work with law enforcement agencies.
 Work with professional oversight boards.
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HELP TAKE A BITE OUT OF WC FRAUD
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REFERENCES
 www.lwcc.com
 www.nicb.org
 da.la.ca.us/workers compensation fraud
 Coalition Against Insurance Fraud
 www.LAWORKS.net
 dogthebountyhunter.com/downloads
 business-insurance.suite 101.com
 www.tdi.state.tx.us/fraud
 claimsadvisor.com

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