An insurance agent for BrickStreet Mutual Insurance was found to be taking bribes in exchange for allowing some of his workers’ compensation insurance policy holders in the coal mining industry in West Virginia to under report their payroll and, thereby, save these employers millions of dollars in workers’ compensation insurance premiums. According to the article, this agent of BrickStreet is facing up to 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.
Read the full article here: http://www.justice.gov/usao/wvs/press_releases/Feb2013/attachments/021213five-charged-in-workers-comp-fraud.html
I’m so glad the US Attorney’s office for West Virginia was able to investigate this horrible fraud and put a stop to it. Coal miners have a very dangerous job. How dare anyone try and withhold benefits to these workers and their families in the name of saving money!
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~Michele Lewane, Esq.