One of my employees is out on a workers′ compensation claim. She brought in an "off work" slip she said she got from her doctor. The form indicates she is to be off of work for seven days because of her injury. I called the doctor′s office and was told the doctor did not give her an "off work" slip. Is this a crime?

Probably. It is a criminal violation for someone to misrepresent a material fact (lie) in an attempt to obtain a workers′ compensation benefit. If the injured worker forged or had someone else forge the document and then she submitted it to you we would investigate the matter. If we are able to prove it was done to obtain a workers′ compensation benefit, the Division Director could refer the matter to the Office of the Attorney General.

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