Category Archives: Insurance

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FRAUD CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST THREE PEOPLE AT THE LAST MINUTE

According to a report from the Sacramento Bee, a court has decided to drop workers’ compensation fraud charges against three individuals who were collectively accused of defrauding the system out of more than $125,000.00 in workers’ compensation premiums. A last-minute piece of key evidence regarding intent changed the situation. The criminal workers’ compensation fraud trial […]

HOME HEALTH CARE PLACEMENT AGENCIES IN CALIFORNIA CITED FOR MISCLASSIFYING WORKERS

On September 28, 2022, the State of California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) announced citations against home health care placement agencies for misclassifying workers. Altogether, the employers will be required to pay more than $1.8 million in financial penalties. More than five dozen workers were affected by the misclassification. The improper classification of employees is […]

YELLOWSTONE ACTRESS CHARGED WITH FELONY WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FRAUD IN CALIFORNIA

On July 11, 2022, the California Department of Insurance announced that Q’Orianka Kilcher—a 32-year-old North Hollywood, CA actress famous for her role on the hit TV show ‘Yellowstone’—has been charged with two felony counts of workers’ compensation fraud. Authors contend that Ms. Kilcher collected more than $90,000.00 of workers’ compensation disability benefits that were not […]

CALIFORNIA BUSINESS OWNER ARRAIGNED FOR WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FRAUD (UNDERREPORTED PAYROLL)

On June 16, 2022, the California Department of Insurance announced that Gamlet Abramian, a 47-year-old business owner from Los Angeles County, has been arraigned on workers’ compensation fraud charges. Prosecutors contend that Mr. Abramian knowingly and willfully misreported payroll, thereby underpaying workers’ compensation insurance premiums by at least $212,667.00. Here, our Fresno workers’ compensation defense […]

REPORT: SHARE INCREASE IN MED-LEGAL WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COSTS IN FIRST HALF OF 2022

Costs are rising across the United States. Recently, Bloomberg News reported that the national inflation rate hit a 40-year high. The medical and legal costs of workers’ compensation in California are rising sharply as well. On June 5, 2022, the Insurance Journal reported that costs for resolving workers’ compensation disputes are rising even faster than […]

THREE BUSINESS OWNERS ARRAIGNED IN WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FRAUD CASE IN CALIFORNIA

Workers’ compensation fraud remains a serious problem in our state. Three business owners were recently indicted and arraigned on criminal workers’ compensation fraud charges. As reported by Insurance Journal, the following three individuals are facing criminal workers’ compensation fraud allegations: Troy Williams of Angels Camp, California; Nanci Morman, of Somerset, California; and John Allison, of […]

REPORT: WORKERS’ COMPENSATION WRITTEN PREMIUMS DOWN 2% YEAR-OVER-YEAR IN CALIFORNIA

According to a report from the Insurance Journal, the written premium for California workers’ claims in 2021 was 2% lower than 2020 and 14% lower than 2019. The decrease was driven largely by a drop in the charged workers’ compensation insurance rate. Here, our Fresno workers’ compensation defense lawyer provides a more in-depth assessment of […]

INSURERS MAKE RENEWED PUSH TO IDENTIFY AND STOP WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FRAUD IN CALIFORNIA

Workers’ compensation insurance fraud harms everyone. It poses tremendous financial costs on employers, insurers, and employees. There have long been serious concerns about the extent of the workers’ compensation fraud problem in California. According to a report from Business Insurance, insurers are now making a renewed push to stop the fraud. In this article, our […]

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CONTRACTOR CHARGED WITH WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FRAUD

According to a report from the Insurance Journal, Adan Deniz, a contractor from Los Angeles County, has been arrested and charged with nearly two dozen counts of workers’ compensation fraud. Mr. Deniz is alleged to have intentionally underreported his company’s payroll by several hundreds of thousands of dollars, thereby bilking the state’s insurance fund out […]