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Wed July 31, 2013
Pinedale woman convicted of workers' comp fraud
A Pinedale woman has been convicted of workers' compensation fraud.
A Sublette County detective had been investigating Delaine Davis on suspicion of embezzling from her employer when she indicated that she was also receiving workers comp.
The Department’s Investigations Manager Brian Jacobsen says worker’s comp provides money for people who are injured on the job and therefore can’t work.
“We looked into it, and sure enough, she had applied for disability benefits, but on those applications, she had indicated that she wasn’t working. And so, essentially, she was double-dipping.”
Wyoming employers pay into Wyoming’s workers’ comp program, which collects more than $250 million per year in premiums.
“We want to act as good stewards for the fund. We want to make sure that the people that are entitled to those benefits receive them, and those who aren’t or they obtain them fraudulently, they don’t get those. Because a lot of times, those can have an impact on the employer’s premium they pay to us.
Jacobsen says Davis’s past offenses contributed to more severe penalties than a typical workers’ comp fraud case. Davis will have to pay more than $11,000 in restitution and spend up to six years in prison.