New Digest 2-18-2020

Quote of the day

“I see a revolution on the horizon. This may be the final straw that breaks the camel’s back. But I think it’s leading to something good. The American people on all sides are waking up. We’ve gotten too caught up in partisan support. Now we’re paying attention. There is a huge uprising. People had to lose their jobs to find out what it was.”

David Mills, a musician from Lake Elsinore, California who created the Facebook group Freelancers against PRO Act

City Journal


Former San Antonio fire captain pleads guilty to workers’ comp fraud

A 48-year old former San Antonio Fire Department captain pleaded guilty Friday to insurance fraud and forgery after falsely claiming an injury kept him from working. He allegedly received around $19,000 in workers’ compensation. KSAT (San Antonio)


California: Freelancers rising up in opposition to new law regulating ‘gig workers’

Since AB5 took effect on January 1, hundreds of thousands of Californians are finding their businesses in tatters. Musicians can’t join bands for a one-night gig, chefs can’t join forces with caterers, nurses can’t work at various hospitals, and writers must cap their submissions per media outlet to 35 per year. These freelancers can no longer conduct the same business-to-business transactions they have for years or even decades. City Journal


Pharmacy employee admits role in multi-million-dollar health care fraud

A 34-year-old employee of a New Jersey pharmacy is the second of five defendants to plead guilty in a scheme to defraud a federal workers’ compensation program by filling bogus prescriptions for medically unnecessary pain creams for hundreds of now-former U.S. Postal Service employees. Daily Voice


Texas sheriff candidate has history of insurance fraud charges

A candidate for sheriff of Midland County, Texas was recently convicted of workers’ compensation fraud, according to Texas Mutual Insurance Co., for claiming a job-related injury while working as an appliance repairman. Midland Reporter-Telegram