News Digest 2-12-2021


Nursing assistant facing 24 charges in workers’ compensation fraud case

A woman faces two dozen charges in a workers’ compensation fraud investigation from her time working at a Bakersfield, California hospital. She allegedly asserted she had been injured while working, but the district attorney’s office has deemed the claims fraudulent, along with attempts to hide the true source of her injury. KGET (Bakersfield, Calif.)


New York woman accused of fabricating attack by inmate

A 50-year-old Hudson Falls, New York woman who police said falsely claimed she was attacked by an inmate at New York’s Great Meadow Correctional Facility in 2019 is facing additional charges for improperly receiving workers’ compensation. She later told state police that she fabricated the incident and said she had a pending workers’ compensation claim for an earlier injury. Post-Star (Glens Falls, N.Y.)


Delaware boss pleads guilty to employee misclassification

A 55-year-old Delaware man, one of four people accused of misclassifying employees as “independent contractors” in order to avoid paying taxes, pleaded guilty Wednesday to theft and related charges including conspiracy to workers’ compensation fraud. Daily Times


Widower of nurse who died of COVID-19 claims he was denied death benefits, vaccine

The widower of a nurse who died at age 60 of COVID-19 at a Missouri long-term care facility is seeking death benefits under Missouri’s workers’ compensation law after its insurer allegedly denied his claim. KBIA (Columbia, Mo.)


OPM disability retirement under FERS

Here are five questions to ask before filing a federal disability retirement application. FedSmith