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Dec. 16, 2009

Woman ordered to repay $58,600 in workers' compensation benefits

TUMWATER — Rebecca Anderson-Clements of Lakewood was ordered in Pierce County Superior Court to repay $58,600 in workers’ compensation benefits to the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).

Anderson-Clements pled guilty Dec. 9 to one count of theft after a joint investigation between L&I and the Social Security Administration (SSA) revealed she was illegally collecting state workers’ compensation benefits and federal Social Security benefits.

In addition to re-paying $58,600, Anderson-Clements was ordered to serve 30 days in custody.

Anderson-Clements began receiving workers’ compensation benefits after suffering a workplace injury in July 1995. She collected Social Security benefits between 1995 and 2007.

In 2006, the Social Security Administration's Office of the Inspector General began an investigation and discovered Anderson-Clements was working during the time she was collecting workers’ compensation benefits and Social Security. The amount stolen from L&I and SSA totals about $74,000.

A separate L&I investigation discovered that her husband, Keith Guillory, had continued running a business while receiving workers’ compensation benefits. Guillory agreed to repay more than $31,100.

“We often partner with other agencies to bring those who cheat the system to justice,” said Carl Hammersburg, manager of L&I’s Fraud Prevention and Compliance Program. “Stealing from workers’ compensation is not a victimless crime. It drives up premium costs for honest people.”

L&I’s fraud Web site, www.Fraud.Lni.wa.gov, includes an online form for reporting fraud. Anyone who suspects fraud may also call L&I’s fraud hotline at 1-888-811-5974.

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Media contact: Selena Davis, 360-902-4216 or dase235@Lni.wa.gov.

To view L&I’s 2009 Annual Fraud Report to the Legislature: Targeting Fraud and Abuse, as well as quarterly reports, go to www.Fraud.Lni.wa.gov.

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