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.