A former semi-pro boxer, now grounds crew member, claimed to injure himself while working for a Florida employer. While processing the crew members’ workers’ compensation claim, ICW Group’s Claims Department received a tip indicating that the man was recently seen cutting down trees for another company, despite claiming to be unable to work for our policyholder.
Our quick-thinking witness captured this key moment on a cell phone, sharing the video with ICW Group’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU). Based upon the alleged extent of injury being claimed, compared against this new video proof, the matter was promptly referred to Florida law enforcement for prosecution consideration. Within one week of receiving ICW Group’s referral, the case was accepted for criminal investigation.
Hotline Available to Report Fraud
ICW Group’s anti-fraud hotline, 855-ICW-FRAUD (855-429-3728), allows the public to report suspicious workers’ compensation claims directly to our SIU team. On-the-spot observations can prove invaluable in the investigation and defense against schemers, scammers, and fraudsters. Hardworking coworkers frustrated by a colleague who appears to be gaming the system may anonymously contact our fraud hotline 24 hours a day.
ICW Group’s SIU will continue cooperating with Florida law enforcement as this matter progresses through the criminal investigation process. What could have been a black eye of an insurance claim is now up against heavyweight evidence.
Interested in learning more about ICW Group’s fraud-fighting efforts, visit ICW Group’s Policyholder Center.