Workers' Compensation Action Network Town Hall and Summit in conjunction with Employers' Fraud Task Force


Stephen Wagstaffe
, San Mateo County District Attorney
Teena Barton, Senior Fraud Investigator, ICW Group

Friday, July 26, 2019
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
863 Main Street - Redwood City, CA 94063


Come to a riveting, free Town Hall meeting sponsored by the Workers' Compensation Action Network, and featuring San Mateo County District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe who will highlight how the county is aggressively pursuing workers' comp fraud prosecutions.

Also presenting is Teena Barton, who leads a workers' comp fraud investigation unit with ICW Group. She will share stories of how injured workers are used for profit and how recruitment firms receive illegal kickbacks for referrals to hospitals, doctors and ancillary medical service providers. She will also discuss the case of Sean O'Keefe, a convicted workers compensation attorney serving 13 months in state prison for his involvement in a $200 million scheme built around recruitment referrals and kickbacks to use injured workers for fraudulent billing.

Jerry Azevedo with the Workers' Compensation Action Network (WCAN) will provide an update on the status of the workers comp system in California and activity in the State Capitol. We will also hear from YOU, business owners, who can share your workers comp experiences with the District Attorney.

WCAN is a broad-based, statewide coalition that has successfully fought for reforms to provide state and local officials more tools to combat workers' compensation fraud to help meet the dual goals of stable costs for employers and higher benefits for injured workers. In recent years, state lawmakers enacted several pieces of legislation designed to improve system efficiency, reduce conflict and litigation, and stem abuses by service providers. These reforms are delivering higher benefits to California workers while stabilizing employer costs. Despite these reforms, California's system remains the most costly and litigious in the nation and vulnerable to evolving forms of fraud and abuse.

Complimentary lunch will be provided.

Why Crack Down on Workers' Comp Fraud?

Fraud hurts both employers and injured workers. It inflates employer costs, clogs the injured workers' compensation court and administrative systems, delays the resolution of claims, diverts limited system resources, and exploits injured workers who do not receive the medical care needed to property heal from their injuries.

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"We want to get this done so its effect is immediate. We can't realize the savings promised unless it's done quickly."

- Marty Morgenstern, former Secretary, Labor and Workforce Development Agency on Senate Bill 863

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