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December 11, 2001

Oregon man ordered to repay state $42,892

TUMWATER - Washington's Department of Labor & Industries has ordered a 37-year-old Dallas, Ore., man to repay nearly $43,000 after an investigation revealed he had collected workers' compensation benefits illegally.

Shannon Wiley, formerly of Lacey, Wash., worked as a millwright in 1995, 1999 and again last year. Those were time periods during which he reported to L&I that he was unable to work and was collecting disability benefits from Washington state.

The investigation of Wiley began with an anonymous tip that he was working as a millwright, the same type of work he was doing when he was injured in June 1989 at a company in Shelton. The investigation concluded that Wiley had fraudulently received $28,000 in time-loss benefits - the money L&I pays to partially compensate injured workers for wages lost as a result of a job-related injury or illness.

The judgment against Wiley includes more than $14,000 in penalties.

Labor & Industries manages the state's workers' compensation system. It provides coverage for more than 163,000 employers and 1.9 million workers. The agency is committed to eliminating fraud. Anyone who suspects fraudulent activity may report it anonymously online at fraud.lni.wa.gov, or by calling L&I's toll free-number, 1-888-811-5974.

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