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What are the penalties for employee Workers’ Compensation fraud in Richmond?

Talking with Richmond Workers’ Compensation lawyers can help you avoid making mistakes that could jeopardize your case. One of those is workers’ comp fraud, which could lead to penalties ranging from denial of benefits to imprisonment.

Forgetting to disclose something and blatantly lying about information are two different things. According to the Code of Virginia Section 65.2-312, “It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly make, file or use any writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious or fraudulent statement or entry in connection with an award under this title.”

It continues, stating that anybody who aids or abets in committing a violation is also engaging in an unlawful act.

If it is found that you have intentionally withheld pertinent information or exaggerated your injuries or illness in an effort to receive benefits, you can be penalized. According to the Virginia Code, false statements or representations are considered a Class 6 felony, and punishable as such.

What does this mean? Section 18.2-10 of the state code notes that Class 6 felony punishments include imprisonment for between one and five years, or as determined by a jury or court. Violators may also face a fine of no more than $2,500.

Serious mistakes of this nature can be avoided by being honest up front. You only hurt your case when you try to get more than you are entitled to receive. Your lawyer can answer any questions you have about the process and ensure that everything is properly handled.

Contact Richmond Workers’ Compensation Lawyers 

For help with your case, consult Richmond Workers’ Compensation lawyers at the Injured Workers Law Firm. Call us today at 877-755-7744 or 804-755-7755 to schedule your free appointment. You may also take advantage of our FREE Workers’ Compensation guide.

About the Author:

The Injured Workers Law Firm is a Richmond, Virginia based firm solely focused on serving clients with workers' compensation claims in Virginia. If you have questions about your benefits or if you would like more information on the Virginia Workers’ Compensation system, order our book, “The Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia” , or call our office today (804) 755-7755.