State money to root out workers’ comp fraud
California Department of Insurance will provide $4.5 million in grant money to help San Diego County authorities investigate and prosecute workers’ compensation insurance fraud.
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said workers’ compensation fraud places a significant added burden on the insurance system when the state is facing a $15.7 billion budget deficit.
“We have an obligation to provide protection to injured workers who require both care and compensation so they are able to get back to work as quickly as possible, while also rooting out fraud perpetrated by those seeking to game the system,” Jones said on Thursday.
The department awarded $32 million in grants to agencies across the state. The grants, awarded annually, are based on the offices’ applications and previous year’s performance.
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