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Posted on 05 March 2014 by admin

California Senator Pleads Not Guilty In Workers’ Comp Fraud Case

State Sen. Ron Calderon pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges that he accepted $100,000 in bribes in return for pushing legislation, charges that could send him to federal prison for years. Calderon, a member of a powerful Democratic political dynasty, stood before U.S. District Judge Suzanne Segal with his handcuffed hands clasped in front of him and entered pleas to 24 counts involving various forms of fraud along with conspiracy, money laundering and aiding the filing of false tax returns.


How optimism may positively impact health

Sometimes, attitude is everything. According to The Atlantic, researchers have found having a positive outlook may be enough to help workers reach their personal and professional goals, as well as improve their health. Dr. Dennis Charney, dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, examined 750 Vietnam war veterans who had been prisoners of war for many years. He found those who were optimistic about their lives were least likely to develop depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, The Atlantic reported.


Why did D.C. let a disbarred lawyer serve as a workers’ comp judge?

More than seven years after she slipped and fell at work, Pattie Crawford and National Rehabilitation Hospital were still embroiled in a dispute over her injury claim. Crawford had injured her wrist and thumb in her February 2006 tumble, and according to Anand K. Verma, an administrative law judge with the D.C. Department of Employment Services, she was entitled to surgery on both, at the hospital’s expense. Appeals ensued. Overruled, repeatedly, and instructed to re-hear the case, Verma each time would issue a decision similar to his last one, sometimes injecting his opinions on medical issues.


Ohio Man Ordered to Repay Nearly $60K in Workers’ Comp Death Benefits

A Monroe (Butler County) man was ordered to repay nearly $60,000 in workers’ compensation death benefits. Adam Osterman pleaded guilty Feb. 13 in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to one count of workers’ compensation fraud, a fifth-degree felony.

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