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Spotting workers' comp fraud topic

This year's Salinas Valley Farm Show will feature a morning seminar Oct. 2 on a subject “near and dear” to the owners of any California business — workers' compensation fraud.

Skyrocketing state workers compensation is one of the biggest issues facing California business with cost skyrocketing each year.

Dean Callender, executive director of the 200-member Agricultural Personnel Management Association (APMA) in Salinas, Calif., will moderate the seminar from 9 a.m. to noon in Rodeo Room of the Salinas Rodeo Sports Complex.

“Workers Comp Fraud…How to Spot It, Prevent It and Prosecute It” is the theme of the seminar which will feature presentations by a physical therapist, a worker comp fraud investigator and a representative from the Monterey County District Attorney's Office.

John Hecker, now with Central Coast Investigations, was employed by a local company where he as instrumental in breaking up a workers fraud scheme that resulted in jail time for the perpetrators.

“John will talk about signs to look for to uncover workers comp fraud and he will talk about the specifics of the sting operation that led to breaking up the fraud ring,” said Callender.

Dr. Sheilaja Mippal, a local physical therapist, with Work Well Health Services in Salinas, will talk about signs of fraudulent workers fraud claims.

“We will also have a representative from the Monterey County DA's office who will be talking about prosecuting workers' comp fraud cases,” said Callender.

There is an advance registration fee of $20 to attend the seminar. After Sept. 25, the fee will go up to $25.

Registration is available through APMA, 512 Pajaro, Suite 7, Salinas, Calif. 93901. (831) 422-8023. E-mail: [email protected].

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