A 31-year-old furniture mover was demoted after losing his driver’s license. Upset about the demotion, he decided to claim he injured his shoulder three months earlier and demanded medical treatment. As you might expect, this was not the last word from this worker. In a transparent effort of retribution against his former employer, this worker hired an attorney and filed a workers’ compensation claim.
His employer immediately notified ICW Group about the laundry list of red flags associated with the claim. Most helpful to ICW Group’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) was the tip that this worker had already landed a job for another moving company, which just happened to be owned by a former employee. SIU began investigative surveillance in conjunction with setting the worker’s formal deposition. While under oath, he claimed he did not work in any capacity since resigning. By contrast, surveillance depicted this individual load and unload a full truck on his own for hours, with no apparent physical limitations.
Caught in a lie, the matter was packaged by ICW Group and referred to law enforcement for investigation consideration. Criminal charges were soon filed, including multiple felony counts of insurance fraud and perjury. ICW Group’s SIU will continue to cooperate with law enforcement as this matter progresses through the criminal justice system.