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California Bucks Trend as Workers Comp Claims Increase

California workers compensation claim frequency increased 3% from 2010 to 2014 despite an 11% fall in claim frequency in most other states during that time, according to the California Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau. In a report released Thursday, Oakland, California-based WCIRB compared its comp claim frequency data with claim frequency in 35 states and the District of Columbia, where the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. acts as the workers comp ratemaker.

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California Has Highest Claim Frequency in Nation

Sacramento, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - In the latest update to the Analysis of Changes in Indemnity Claim Frequency report, WCIRB researchers find that indemnity claim frequency increased in California by 3% from 2010 to 2014 while frequency for National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) states declined by 11% over the same period. The WCIRB report reflects insurer unit statistical and aggregate financial call data submitted to the WCIRB through the third quarter of 2015, as well as other external data, in order to identify the key factors driving these recent frequency increases.

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Workers' compensation executive pleads guilty in federal court

A former El Dorado Hills man has pleaded guilty in federal court to using business funds for personal expenses. Gregory J. Chmielewski, 46, of West Bend, Wisc., operated a business in Roseville and later Sacramento called Management Resources Group California LLC, which also went by the name Independent Management Resources. The company was supposed to sell and manage workers' compensation insurance for companies, eventually paying money for valid claims. But Chmielewski spent funds that were supposed to be reserved for claims, and the company couldn’t cover claims. On Friday he pleaded guilty in Sacramento to two counts of mail fraud for transferring business funds to his own personal use. According to the plea agreement, California workers' compensation insurance rates rose quickly in early 2003. Some entrepreneurs negotiated agreements with California Indian tribes to collaborate on business ventures to sell alternative insurance plans not subject to the state's insurance regulations because the ventures operated under the sovereign domestic nation status of the tribe. That’s what Chmielewski did.

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Southern California Family Arrested in $24M Fraudulent Workers’ Comp Billing Scheme

California Department of Insurance detectives arrested nine individuals involved in a complex scheme allegedly targeting more than 230 workers’ compensation insurers and self-insured employers. Siblings Francisco Javier Gomez, Jr. and Angela Rehmann, owners of G&G Interpreting Services, allegedly fraudulently billed more than $24.6 million for interpreting services for injured workers with Latino surnames.

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California Construction Company Owner Nabbed for Workers’ Comp Fraud

The owner of a Northern California construction firm was arrested Thursday on nine felony counts of workers’ compensation insurance fraud and tax evasion totaling $187,707 in losses. William Huffman, 47, of Sacramento, owner of Capitol City Contractors, allegedly underreported $755,899 in payroll to avoid paying workers’ comp premiums for dozens of employees.

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