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ICORP Investigations Now Licensed In 11 States

ICORP Investigations continue to grow throughout the United States. ICORP Investigations specialize in surveillance. Investigations include workers compensation investigations, high liability claims investigations, cheating spouse investigations and disability investigations. For more information please visit our website. 

Here are the list of states ICORP Investigations private investigators are now licensed in.

State                                     License #

New York                             11000133551

New Jersey                           8387

Connecticut                          A-2566

Pennsylvania                       MD-0012931-2010

Maryland                             106-4347

Georgia                                PDC002573

Florida                                 A 1200112

Texas                                   A18292

Arizona                               1631656

Nevada                                1762A

Colorado                             20121099045

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ICORP Investigations is licensed in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Colorado, Maryland and Florida.

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L.A. Firefighter Busted For MMA Fights While On Workers Comp

By Stephen Smith

Raphael Davis (Credit: CBS Los Angeles)

(CBS News) On the surface, it doesn’t seem like a big deal: A firefighter in Los Angeles competes in mixed martial arts fights in his spare time.

The problem is, the fireman’s “spare time” happened to be while he left the firehouse on worker’s compensation, declaring he was unfit to do his job.

According to CBS Los Angeles, Raphael Davis was arrested Tuesday at his home on suspicion of filing false workers’ compensation insurance claims. He is being held on $30,000 bail. Investigators say that while he filed false claims from 2008-2011, Davis was participating in mixed martial arts fights as “The Noodle.”

How in the world did “The Noodle” expect to get away with this one? MMA videos are routinely posted online after bouts. It didn’t take long for KCAL to locate a YouTube video of Davis training in 2010 and competing in 2008:

According to the MMA website sherdog.com, the 6-foot-3, 203-pound Davis posted an impressive 12-2 MMA record. His dominant performance probably only served to bring more attention to the malingering firefighter.

Prosecutors filed four counts of insurance fraud against Davis, who filed for workers’ compensation insurance between Dec. 2, 2008 and May 20, 2011, according to Head Deputy John Morris with the district attorney’s healthcare fraud division. Authorities did not say what type of illness or injury Davis claimed on his workers comp insurance.

If Davis is convicted as charged, he faces up to five years in county jail.

Los Angeles City Firefighter Accused of Worker’s Compensation Fraud

Workers compensation benefits jumping the border

By  Published: Apr 8, 2012 at 6:45 PM PDT

TRI-CITIES, Wash. — Getting hurt on the job in Washington doesn’t mean you have to stay here. It’s common for people getting worker’s compensation after an accident to have to move locations, so they can find work doing something else, but it goes far beyond Idaho and Oregon.

KEPR found out that Washington’s L&I has a growing department just for claims and pensions being sent outside of the country.

Labor and Industries spokesman, Hector Castro explains, “If they injured worker leaves the state, we still have the obligation to insure they have the medical care they need to become whole again.”
Right now, Washington’s Labor and Industries is paying benefits to over 100 injured workers outside of the United States. Just in 2011, about $40,000 dollars of workers comp money was sent to Canada. Almost $300,000 was sent south of the border.

In an economy like this, business owners struggle with increasing L&I rates.. Without reaping the benefits. Country Gentleman owner, Steve Simmons explains, “It’s frustrating to see that money go out of the country.”

Employers and employees alike who pay into this pool of money, insuring they’ll get help in their time of need. “Thats what the systems in place for,” says Castro.
Simmons replies, “An injured worker needs to be taken care of and taken care of properly.”

What they are just concerned about is check ups after the claims are set. Simmons says, “L&I cant stay on top of the legitimacy of claims that are out of the country.Are they trying to get off pension? Are they finding ways to get back to work?”

It turns out there is some benefits to injured workers moving abroad. The healthcare in other countries is significantly cheaper, meaning L&I is forking out less money and there’s more compensation left for workers here in Washington.

Castro says, “For instance in Mexico, even if we paid 100% of medical care its less expensive than in the United States.”
Despite this, L&I doesn’t want to continue paying so much out of the country because of the time, money and difficulty in management. He continues, “We do what we can to encourage people to stay in Washington.”

Keeping track of your tax dollars… until the jump the border. L&I awarded over a billion dollars last year nationwide.

KEPRTV.COM

Allstate Insurance Company Files $2 Million Insurance Fraud Case

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., March 14, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Allstate Insurance Company has filed its first insurance fraud lawsuit of 2012, seeking to recover $2 million dollars against 27 New York area defendants. The Complaint names multiple physicians, chiropractors, medical professional corporations, and clinic lay-owners allegedly used to control the medical professional corporations, including 18 individual defendants currently under federal indictment.

The complaint alleges that New York medical professional corporations known as St. John Medical Care, P.C., Lenox Wellcare Medical, P.C., CB Chiropractic, LLC, New Age Orthopedic Rehabilitation, P.C., First Aid Medical Care, P.C., Rosedale Medical, P.C., TDL Medical, P.C., LDT Medical, P.C., and West End Chiropractic, P.C., were fraudulently incorporated through a scheme using the names of licensed medical physicians and chiropractors, and that lay-owners, none of whom were physicians, secretly owned and controlled the professional corporations.

The lawsuit was filed following an investigation by Allstate’s Special Investigative Unit and seeks reimbursement for no-fault benefits Allstate paid on behalf of its customers during timeframes specified in the lawsuit. The lawsuit is the latest in a string of actions taken by the insurer to protect consumers from these and similar activities. Since 2003, Allstate has filed 37 fraud lawsuits in New York State seeking more than $ 201 million in damages.

According to the Insurance Information Institute, the state of New York is in an insurance fraud crisis and no-fault fraud is costing New Yorkers millions of dollars year-after-year in higher premiums. “In essence, honest, hardworking New Yorkers are paying a ‘fraud tax,'” said Krista Conte, spokesperson for Allstate’s New York office. “We need lawmakers to enact meaningful insurance reform that puts the citizens of New York first.”

Allstate is joined by other insurers and many New York State leaders in its pursuit for comprehensive reform of the no-fault system. “The no-fault system is being exploited and responsible citizens are the victims,” Conte said. “Without the support of lawmakers, incidents of fraud will continue to increase. We need to work together this legislative session to fix the broken no-fault system.”

For more information on the dangers of insurance fraud, and how you can help fight it, please visit Fraud Costs NY at http://www.i-issues.com/new-york

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Feds Dismantle NYC Auto Insurance Fraud Ring

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: February 29, 2012 at 8:40 PM ET

NEW YORK (AP) — A cadre of corrupt doctors and scam artists sought to cheat auto insurance companies out of $279 million in bogus medical claims — the largest-ever fraud involving New York’s no-fault law, authorities said Wednesday.

The investigation resulted in federal racketeering, health care fraud, mail fraud and money laundering charges against 36 people, mainly of Russian descent. They include 10 physicians and three lawyers. One had the nickname “KGB.”

At a news conference, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said while the false claims totaled $279 million, the actual loss to private insurers was $113 million. Some of the ill-gotten gains were spent on vacations in Mexico, shopping sprees at Saks Fifth Avenue and rides in limousines, he said.

The charges “expose a colossal criminal trifecta, as the fraud’s tentacles simultaneously reached into the medical system, the legal system and the insurance system, pulling out cash to fund the defendants’ lavish lifestyles,” he said.

Since 2007, the ring operated a chain of medical clinics in Brooklyn and the Bronx that systematically exploited the state’s no-fault insurance law, authorities said. The law allows car accident victims to get up to $50,000 in benefits per person, no matter who was at fault.

The fraud relied on ambulance chasers — called “runners” — to convince real victims of car accidents to seek unnecessary care at the corrupt clinics in exchange for kickbacks of up to $3,000 per patient, authorities said.

Doctors would prescribe physical therapy, acupuncture and other treatments to every patient no matter what their condition, sometimes five times a week. Authorities allege the clinics also referred people to lawyers who filed baseless personal injury lawsuits.

“The accidents were real but the claims were not,” said Janice Fedarcyk, head of the FBI’s New York office.

The probe relied in part on two New York Police Department undercover investigators posing as accident victims. The clinics gave them neck and back braces even though it was clear they had no injuries, authorities said.

On visits to a chiropractor, all the officers were expected to do was “sign in, say hello and leave,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

The defendants also are accused of laundering proceeds from the bogus billing through cash-checking outlets and shell companies. Many of them face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charges.

Prosecutors declined to identify specific insurance companies.

State Senate Gears Up For Workers’ Comp Debate

By: Tim Sampson, Missouri News Horizon
Updated: February 13, 2012

(Jefferson City, MO) — A controversial package of reforms to Missouri’s workers’ compensation program is scheduled for debate on the floor of the state Senate this week.

Senate Bill 572, a priority of Republican leaders and Missouri’s business lobby, would limit the liability of co-workers in workplace injury cases and set new terms for toxic exposure cases.

Senate Majority Floor Leader Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, said his bill would help Missouri’s employment climate by giving consistency to the rules governing workplace injury cases. Under SB 572, co-workers cannot be sued for on the job injuries unless it can be proven that their actions were purposefully done to bring harm onto another worker.

“This legislation is about providing a standard of fairness,” Dempsey said. “There’s a huge liability to coworkers right now, who don’t have insurance.”

The bill would also address how workers’ compensation deals with long-term occupational diseases. Most would be covered by workers’ comp, but the bill carves out an exception for occupational diseases that stem from exposure to toxic chemicals. Such cases would be litigated in the regular court system, since such cases usually require more investigation to prove they are the result of a work environment.

Similar legislation failed in the final hours of last year’s legislative session, mostly amid concerns over another portion of the bill related to the state’s second-injury fund. The second-injury fund is what pays workers’ compensation benefits to employees with pre-existing disabilities that are exacerbated by workplace injuries. The fund was established in Missouri and many other states around the time of World War II to encourage employers to hire injured veterans.

After lawmakers placed caps on second-injury fund contributions sever years ago, the fund has slipped into a financial crisis and faces insolvency. Some propose eliminating the fund all together in lieu of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws promoting the hiring of people with disabilities, while others say contributions from business should be increased to help fully fund it.

But this time around Dempsey has stripped the second-injury fund provisions from the bill, meaning it will not be part of this week’s debate. It will most likely be brought up as a separate bill later in the session. Senate GOP leaders hope this will allow other worker’s compensation changes to pass more easily through the legislature this year.

Hartford Profit Falls 79% On Workers’ Comp, Investments

–Hartford fourth-quarter net income falls 79% to $127 million

–Core earnings declined to 69 cents a share from $1.06, but beat Wall Street expectations

–Profit falls at commercial-markets and wealth-management units, rises at consumer unit


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   By Erik Holm and Tess Stynes 
   Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES

NEW YORK (Dow Jones)–Hartford Financial Services Group Inc.’s (HIG) fourth-quarter earnings fell 79% to $127 million, driven by investment losses and the rising cost of workers’ compensation claims.

But the insurer had already warned analysts about some of the challenges it faced in the fourth quarter, and core earnings per share exceeded Wall Street’s expectations. The results sent Hartford’s stock up 1.3% to $19.39 in after hours trading.

Core results at Hartford’s consumer-markets unit nearly tripled to $83 million, but the gain failed to offset declines at the company’s much larger commercial-markets and wealth management units.

Profit at the commercial-markets unit fell 83% to $40 million as Hartford boosted reserves by $128 million, primarily to pay workers’ compensation claims for policies sold in 2010 and 2011.

Executives had warned about the increasing frequency of workers’ compensation claims in December, and the head of the commercial-markets unit said the company is raising rates and looking to increase market share in other lines of coverage so that workers’ compensation becomes a smaller part of its portfolio. It currently makes up about 50% of Hartford’s middle-market commercial-insurance operation.

Profit at the wealth management unit, meanwhile, dropped 12% to $228 million.

Morgan Stanley analyst Nigel Dally called the wealth-management results “weaker than expected,” but said the commercial and consumer units exceeded his estimates.

Hartford also said it bought $51.4 million of its own stock in the quarter, and purchased an additional $42.3 million so far this year. It marks the first time the insurer repurchased shares since taking a $3.4 billion federal rescue–since repaid–amid the depths of the financial crisis.

Hartford had announced the repurchase authorization in August, but volatile equity markets caused the company to delay its implementation. Executives said in December the company plans to complete the $500 million buyback early in the second quarter.

The company posted $386 million in realized investment losses, compared with $89 million a year earlier.

Core earnings, which excludes some investment results, declined to 69 cents a share from $1.06. Total revenue was down 4.9% at $5.64 billion.

Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters most recently projected earnings of 59 cents on revenue of $5.76 million.

P&C commercial premiums written grew 2% amid higher pricing and strong retention. However, the segment’s combined ratio–the percentage of premiums that the company pays out in claims and expenses–rose to 101.5% from 95% amid higher workers’ compensation loss costs. Hartford excludes catastrophes and adjustments to prior-year reserves from its combined ratio.


-By Erik Holm, Dow Jones Newswires; 212-416-2892; erik.holm@dowjones.com

Court Okays Facebook Party Photos in Workers Comp Claim

An appeals court  has ruled that photos on Facebook and Myspace of a man “drinking and partying” can be used as evidence to deny him further workers compensation claims. At the center of the suit is  Zackery Clement, who suffered a hernia  March 12, 2009 after a…

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