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Workers compensation fraud cases rose in 2009, attorney general says

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 | 8:55 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri attorney general's office says it has nearly doubled the amount of money collected in penalties for workers' compensation violations.

Attorney General Chris Koster says the office assessed $838,000 in penalties last year against workers who faked injuries and businesses that failed to provide workers' comp insurance.

That was up from $461,000 in 2008, when now-Gov. Jay Nixon was attorney general.

Koster says the number of charges for workers' compensation fraud also rose — from eight in 2008 to 27 in 2009.

Money collected goes to the State Workers' Compensation Fund or to make restitution to victims of workers' compensation fraud.

 


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