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The Fraud Report

LA Man Arrested for Workers’ Comp Fraud, Lying about Injury

by FraudReport 22. July 2016 07:08

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry recently announced that his General Investigations Unit (GIU) for Workers’ Compensation Fraud arrested Corbert Rodrigue, charging him with Workers’ Compensation Fraud exceeding $100,000.

Allegedly, Rodrigue informed his employer that he had been injured at a job site after he bent over and could not get up. However, an investigation by Landry’s GIU and the Louisiana Workforce Commission Fraud Unit discovered that Rodrigue was actually previously injured at home, not at the job site. Sounds like he’s a perfect candidate for us to complete a MedicalCheck. 

The Louisiana Record says Rodrigue was arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Jail. He was being held on one count of theft exceeding $25,000 and one count of misrepresentation concerning benefit payments.

He could face extensive fines and jail time, if you go by the 2013 Louisiana Laws Revised Statutes, Title 23—Labor and Worker's Compensation:

“It shall be unlawful for any person, for the purpose of obtaining or defeating any benefit or payment ... either for himself or for any other person, to willfully make a false statement or representation,” the law states. “Whoever violates any provision…when the benefits claimed or payments obtained have a value of ten thousand dollars or more, shall be imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than ten years, or fined not more than ten thousand dollars, or both.”

The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud said, “This valued employee benefit pays for medical expenses, lost wages and other expenses while a worker heals. Most employers and their workers are very honest. Only a small number scam this coverage for personal profit, but the damage they cause is enormous.”

The Coalition also explained that workers’ compensation fraud costs tens of billions of dollars in false claims and unpaid premiums every year. Because of these claims, premiums rise, which drains the affected businesses of profits, and costs honest workers their pay and jobs.

Landry added, “Insurance fraud harms job creators, their employees and their customers. Workers’ compensation fraud, specifically, leads to increased insurance rates and more costly goods and services. To help address this problem, the Louisiana legislature created a multi-agency task force dedicated solely to the investigation and prosecution of insurance fraud in Louisiana.”

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