ALABAMA WORKERS COMPENSATION FRAUD CONVICTIONS CONTINUE
On November 17, 2009, Attorney General, Troy King, successfully convicted employee, Robert Burrows, on 3 counts of workers’ compensation fraud in the Circuit Court for Shelby County, Alabama. The employee could face up to 30 years in prison for misrepresenting the extent and duration of his injury. The fraudulent misrepresentations lead to the disbursement of more than $2,000.00 in benefits. Sentencing is set to take place on January 4, 2010.
Congratulations to the employer, the insurer, and Attorney General Troy King on another successful fraud prosecution. For those of you who suspect workers’ compensation fraud, you can contact the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Hotline at 1-800-923-2533.
My Two Cents: If you suspect fraud but do not have enough evidence for the Attorney General to take the case, you can still sue the claimant in civil court to recover all benefits paid as the result of fraud. The burden of proof is lower in civil court so your chances of prevailing are higher. An employer can also file a counter-claim for fraud if the claimant sues for workers’ compensation benefits.