Work Comp Fraud in Florida!

Author Subject: Work Comp Fraud in Florida!
Sam Posted At 09:46:26 01/08/2001
Tallahassee Democrat. 01/02/01. Page N/A. In this guest op-ed piece, the
mayor of Tallahassee and President of the Florida League of Cities writes
about how workers compensation fraud is nothing more than stealing and the
victims are every employee and employer in the state. Mayor Maddox notes
that the Florida Insurance Department's Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF)
points out in its annual report that workers compensation scams cause
millions to be lost in premiums as well as costing employers who pay higher
workers compensation premiums because of fraud. The mayor states that it is
unfortunate that the misconception of workers compensation fraud as a
"victimless" crime may have contributed to making it the second largest
economic crime in America. In response to the problem, the mayor concludes,
the Florida League of Cities created a special investigation unit to combat
fraud within municipalities and to help the DIF track and identify potential
workers compensation abuses and nonexistent injuries.

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