Former Police Officer Sentenced in Fraud Case
A former California police officer pled guilty to insurance fraud after video surfaced of him playing baseball while on paid disability leave.
In 2010, 28-year-old Edward Iduklas of Oxnard claimed that he had injured his back while at work. His supervisor offered Mr. Iduklas desk duty, but Mr. Iduklas claimed to be in too much pain to accept such duty. Officials became suspicious when witnesses claimed that Mr. Iduklas was playing in an adult baseball league, and video later confirmed the witness’ accounts.
Mr. Iduklas was sentenced to 120 days in jail and ordered to pay $120,000 in restitution.
Avoiding fraudulent claims in California
Anti-fraud programs are well worth the investment. According to the California Department of Insurance, every $1 investment yields $6.17 in savings. Do not be afraid to spend money to stop insurance fraud at your business, because the ROI is almost staggering.
There are a number of cost-effective ways to help reduce workers’ compensation fraud. Informed San Francisco workers’ compensation attorneys know that ending fraudulent claims is a process that begins very early:
- Procedures. Make clear procedures for your employees to follow when they are injured at work, and insist on strict compliance.
- Investigation. Investigate every compensation claim in the same way, thus assuring yourself that the claim is valid and assuring your employees that they are not being singled out.
- Look for red flags. A complaint with few factual details, an inconsistent timeline or a dearth of corroborating witnesses are all signs of a possibly fraudulent claim.
For a confidential consultation with an aggressive workers’ compensation attorney, contact our office.