Nailed has information on major fraud convictions, surveillance video from investigations and links to fraud-related news coverage. One of the entries covers an investigation that found a drywall contractor operating with 155 unreported workers, according to L&I. That case resulted in an assessment of $672,326 for workers’ comp premiums owed plus penalties.
In case you didn’t know, you shouldn’t do the following:
- Not paying L&I premiums.
- Overcharging L&I for medical services.
- Working while collecting time-loss from L&I.
- Filing a false L&I claim or falsifying a condition.
- Not registering as a contractor.
I know several people in the workers’ comp field that could tell a few stories. Perhaps we need to reward whistleblowers with anonymity and cash to encourage them to step forward. I bet the state would come out on the plus side of that idea.
Carl Hammersburg of L&I is the author of Nailed.