Sacramento, CA – Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones recently announced he has awarded $34.9 million in grants to 37 district attorney offices representing 44 counties across California to combat workers’ compensation insurance fraud.
The grants, funded through employer assessments, support law enforcement efforts in investigating and prosecuting workers’ compensation insurance fraud.
“Ultimately California consumers and businesses pay the price for insurance fraud through higher premiums and increased costs for good and services,” said Commissioner Jones. “These grants will assist district attorneys across the state in uncovering workers’ compensation fraud schemes and prosecuting those who take advantage of the system.”
Workers’ compensation insurance fraud includes medical provider fraud, employer premium fraud, employer defrauding employee, insider fraud, claimant fraud, and the willfully uninsured operating in the underground economy. These cases, when successfully prosecuted, help level the playing field for honest businesses and discourage future fraudulent activity.