July 10, 1991 |
While crusading against fraud in the workers' compensation system, Gov. Pete Wilson and his predecessor, George Deukmejian, failed to fill key jobs needed to enforce a 2-year-old law aimed partly at fighting fraudulent claims. The 1989 legislation, designed to cut costs for employers while increasing benefits for injured workers, created a new council to oversee doctors, set standards and weed out fraudulent physicians. The bill took effect Jan. 1, 1990.
September 28, 1995 |
In the first Los Angeles County conviction of its kind under the state's new get-tough law on workers' compensation fraud, a jury convicted the owner of several compensation evaluation firms of bilking insurance companies out of at least $500,000. A Superior Court jury convicted Erroll Dale Frazier, 53, late Tuesday of 17 felony counts. The panel deliberated for seven days. Its verdict marks the first conviction for the filing of claims for phony work.
October 7, 1993 |
More than 120 investigators and prosecutors looking into workers' compensation fraud in Southern California served search warrants Wednesday at 31 sites, including the homes and offices of a string of doctors and lawyers suspected of paying illicit kickbacks. The investigation is one of several major workers' compensation fraud probes launched by authorities in the region since the beginning of last year.
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November 16, 1994 |
A Northridge doctor and three other physicians have been charged with paying illegal kickbacks to a medical referral firm that is under investigation for workers compensation fraud. The physicians allegedly paid for patient referrals from L.A. Management, a former Sherman Oaks firm under investigation for possibly paying kickbacks to get patients from companies that process workers' compensation claims for some employers and insurers. The investigation of L.A.
September 19, 2012 |
A major overhaul of California's $17-billion workers' compensation insurance program was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, who called the bipartisan agreement "unusual in our polarized society. " The governor made his comments Tuesday at a bill signing ceremony at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank surrounded by some of the legislative, business and labor leaders who helped forge the consensus that led to the legislation. On hand were Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento)
April 24, 1992 |
Calling the state's workers' compensation program an abuse-ridden "national embarrassment," the Council on California Competitiveness on Thursday urged cuts in benefits for stress claims and for vocational rehabilitation. The council also proposed, among other things, slapping tighter cost controls on medical care and scrapping the state's current rate-setting system to encourage rate competition among insurance companies.
April 16, 1994 |
In a report that instantly prompted calls for further investigation into the workers' compensation courts, state officials announced Friday that they have warned five of the system's judges about possible misconduct and vowed to tighten regulations to prevent any future wrongdoing. Wrapping up a yearlong inquiry, the state Division of Workers' Compensation found no evidence of criminal activity.
April 16, 2001 |
California's plunge into deregulation, which spawned the energy crisis, has now disrupted another segment of the economy: the workers' compensation insurance industry, where a wave of insolvencies has led officials to warn of a looming crisis. Overshadowed by the state's electricity woes, the workers' compensation problem has attracted little public attention.
July 29, 1988 |
A class-action lawsuit was filed Thursday to end California's 200,000-case backlog of workers' compensation claims. So great is the backlog that the state Department of Industrial Relations measures unprocessed claims in terms of linear feet. At last count in March, there were 384 feet of unprocessed claims, 152 of which were recorded in the Los Angeles office. The suit said two other offices with large backlogs are Van Nuys, with 78 feet of unprocessed claims, and Santa Ana, with 66-plus feet.