History of Injuries Revealed, Criminal Charges Follow

A 56-year-old education assistant claimed to injure her elbow while pulling a gate open at work. Some five months later, this California woman claimed to aggravate the injury to...

Follow These Tips to Prevent Identity Theft

The term ‘identify theft’ was coined in 1964 following a wave of phone scams. Criminals would obtain a victim’s personal and banking information after claiming the person had won a...

Investigation Update: Double Dipping Painter Repays $12K

As featured in a previous Fraud Friday story, ICW Group SIU Busts Painter for Double-Dipping Work Comp Fraud, a tip led to ICW Group’s discovery of a California man...

Beware of Social Media Scams

Fraud scams and schemers are ever-evolving. The snake-oil salesman was replaced by the telephone scammer, who was replaced by the robo-caller, who the email spammer then replaced. While none of...
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Working Together to Take a B.I.T.E. Out of Fraud

It is a common misconception, but fraud is not determined by insurance companies. Fraud is also not determined by employers and fraud is not determined by workers’ compensation judges....

Peers and Coworkers Offer a First Line of Defense Against Fraud

The first documented instance of insurance fraud occurred in 300 B.C. and continued to tiptoe through history, next landing on the historical timeline in Ancient Rome.   Roman Poet Marcus Valerius...

Post-Pandemic Fraud Defense

As the COVID-19 pandemic took full form in 2020, fraud industry experts predicted a steep increase in fraudulent claims behavior driven by economic fears and pressures. Different from previous...

Need a New Ride? Follow These Tips to Skip the Scam

It's well-documented that buyers are having difficulty finding their newest set of wheels. New and used car inventories are down, and demand has driven prices well up. Simultaneously, how...
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Why Workers Commit Fraud

Why do workers commit fraud? Why does anyone commit fraud? The answer...they believe they will get away with it. While we could go deep into the personality types that...

Workers’ Comp Fraud Case Results in Restitution

Recently we told you about a California woman who was charged with felony insurance fraud by the Los Angeles County District Attorney after discovering she lied about a pre-existing...