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June 9, 2010

'Nailed' blog features L&I's fraud-fighting actions

TUMWATER– The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has launched a blog highlighting the agency’s work combating workers’ comp and contractor fraud.

The blog, called Nailed, contains information on major fraud convictions, surveillance video from investigations and links to fraud-related news coverage.

Currently on Nailed:

  • “Contractor Gets Nailed” features a bad contractor leaving court in handcuffs.
  • “Tip of an iceberg leads to a Titanic assessment” tells how a tip led investigators to $672,326.
  • “L&I investigation helps to convict child killer” describes an L&I investigation that helped in the murder case of Joel Zellmer

“People tend to think fraud only involves workers cheating the workers’ comp system, but it’s much more than that,” said Carl Hammersburg, Fraud Prevention and Compliance program manager and author of Nailed. “Millions of dollars are lost when employers, medical providers and contractors commit fraud. The blog will show how my staff is working to fight fraud and also how we bring cheaters into compliance. I also hope Nailed will attract attention to workers’ comp fraud and encourage more people to tip us off to fraudulent activities.”

Hammersburg also does a regular audio podcast on related topics.

You can find Nailed at Nailed.Lni.wa.gov or on a link from the agency’s homepage, Lni.wa.gov

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

Broadcast version: The Department of Labor & Industries has launched a blog highlighting the agency’s work combating workers’ comp and contractor fraud. The blog, called Nailed, contains information on major fraud convictions, surveillance video from investigations and links to fraud-related news coverage. Carl Hammersburg, author of the blog and Fraud Prevention and Compliance Manager says the blog will show how L&I is working to fight fraud and how the agency works to bring cheaters into compliance.

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