LA Workforce Commission Continues Crackdown On WC Fraud

                               New Iberia, LA - The Louisiana Workforce Commission today announced a felony plea agreement in the case of a man charged with insurance fraud, which brings the total number of cases referred to prosecution for the year to 18.

Gregory Koobs of New Iberia was charged with one count of insurance fraud for intentionally altering W-2s in an attempt to increase his workers' compensation weekly benefit amount, which resulted in an overpayment of $9,466.

“This latest case is a clear signal to anyone engaging in workers' compensation fraud that we will pursue these cases whether big or small,” said Chris Broadwater, director of the LWC's Office of Workers' Compensation. “We have conducted 1,700 investigations this year and will continue to be just as aggressive in the future.”

Beginning last year, LWC ramped up its investigations into suspected employer and employee fraud. In 2009, the LWC Fraud Unit conducted 3,130 investigations, a 64 percent increase over 2008. From those investigations, 26 referrals of both employers and workers were made to the Attorney General's office for prosecution, a nearly seven-fold increase over 2008.

For more information or to report suspected acts of fraud or non-compliance, contact the Louisiana Workforce Commission's Office of Workers' Compensation Finance and Compliance Division at 225-342-5658 or Fraud Division at 225-342-7558. 

Source:  Louisiana Workforce Commission

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