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Dec. 7, 2009

Canadian doctor ordered to repay nearly $233,000 in illegal workers' comp payments

TUMWATER – A Canadian doctor pled guilty to three counts of third-degree theft, after illegally collecting workers’ compensation benefits while working in Canada and the state of Washington for a medical device development company.

Dr. Roger C. Andersen, a resident of Ladysmith, British Columbia, was ordered to repay the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) $232,790 for collecting workers’ compensation benefits from May 2004 through December 2007.

Dr. Andersen began receiving workers’ compensation payments in 1999 after an injury sustained while moving office equipment.

In May of 2004 he began working full-time as a consultant with a medical research company in Bothell. He was then hired full-time as a medical director from July 2005 through December 2007.

“Stealing from the workers’ compensation program drives up premium costs for everyone,” said Carl Hammersburg, manager of L&I’s Fraud Prevention and Compliance Program. “We work hard to make sure those who cheat the system are held accountable.”

To report fraud, or for more information about how to combat fraud and abuse, call 1-888-811-5974 or go to www.Fraud.LNI.wa.gov.

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For media information: Selena Davis, 360-902-6593.

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