Written by Elizabeth Smith,
L&I's Assistant Director for
Fraud Prevention and
Finally, a resolution to the age old question: are taxi drivers covered workers? Plus a special guest describes how the fraud program is going after medical providers trying to bilk the system…hear it all in the latest edition of the FraudCast!
In this latest edition of the Fraudcast: Convictions, Mulinski, updates on some related Legislative Bills, a few stories from fraud reports through our website and the possibility of us winning an award from Gartner.
An AxMan facing criminal charges, new legislation to fight the underground economy, and why Carl is now known as the “Chuck Norris of Fraud,” all in this snowmadgeden edition of the podcast.
Carl and Doric bring in Employer Services’ Anna Coleman and Bill Moomau to talk about how their program is educating employers about properly classifying their employees. The program’s efforts help employees avoid the mistake of classifying legitimate employees as independent contractors.
Carl and Doric rundown some personal and reported stories of scams related to concrete paving, medical fraud and sketchy employers classifying their workers as “contractors” to avoid supporting them. And the guys follow up by identifying the red flags consumers and workers can look for so they don’t fall prey to each type of scam.
Stories include that of 41-year-old Puyallup resident Trace Strickland, who filed 33 injured worker claims with no relationship to an employer in order to get prescription pain-killers from medical clinics throughout Washington state.
They also discuss New York’s efforts to apply new criminal and civil penalties to construction companies that misclassify employees as contractors to underpay them or dodge taxes.