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This posting addresses workers' compensation fraud.

A man in San Rafael County was discovered committing workers' compensation fraud. He had been observed working while at the same time receiving disability benefits. Surveillance showed the man working at an automobile auction. The investigator interviewed the owner of the auction and found that the claimant was being paid $200 per week in cash for washing vehicles and performing other shop tasks. Surveillance video showed the man carrying 25-pound bags of pet food, loading boxes, and rummaging through a trash dumpster. Obviously, he was not hurt very badly.

1. Was surveillance the proper method to use in this case? Why?
2. What are some restrictions to be careful about in conducting surveillance?

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1. Actually, it was the best method to use. Worker's compensation frauds are likely caught 99.9% of the time by surveillance. Usually, the investigator observes through direct observation, or through the observation of a camera located in a public place, the claimant working when collecting payments. There have been thousands of cases similar to this one. People claiming back injuries doing manual labor, people claiming they can't stand for long periods of time working for cash in a job that requires long hours of ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides a detailed discussion about a man who was committing worker's compensation fraud, including if surveillance was the proper method to use in this case, and any restrictions to be careful about in conducting surveillance.

This solution is based on the law and my experience as a fraud investigator.