Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Big 2016 Fraud Fighting Conference

Members of the SBCDA Workers Compensation Insurance Fraud Unit attended the 2016 Fraud Fighting Conference. From left to right: DDA Scott Byrd, DDA Michael Chiriatti and Lead DDA David Simon

On Thursday and Friday, the Workers' Compensation Insurance Fraud Unit, in association with the Employers’ Fraud Task Force and the law firm of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLC, hosted the Big 2016 Fraud Fighting Conference at the Pala Casino Resort in Pala, California.

According to Lead Deputy District Attorney David Simon, who oversees the unit, there were approximately 150 attendees and a dozen vendors and exhibitors who attended the two-day conference.

During the conference, the Employers Fraud Task Force awarded the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office the 2016 Community Service Award for providing much-need training in order to identify and report fraud and inspiring audiences to continue the conversation about collaborative solutions to combat criminal behavior.
 
Approximately 150 people attended the two-day conference
Topics at the conference included a discussion by investigators, both private, local, and state, as to the nature of criminal fraud investigations; the conducting of depositions in cases where fraud is suspected; how fraud-fighting is funded on the local and state level; the “Underground Economy” and its relationship to insurance fraud; a case study of a local complex prosecution of provider fraud, and talks by some State officials as to how the fraud-fighting community can come together and achieve their goals.
Members of the Worker's Compensation Insurance Fraud Unit accept the 2016 Community Service Award

DDA Michael Chiriatti discusses the Underground Economy on Day 2 of the conference


"The participants came together with the understanding that fighting fraud in the Workers’ Compensation System requires a team effort," said Simon. "All the disparate agencies must be able to work together, with a clear understanding of the functions and responsibilities of their sister agencies, in order to most effectively and efficiently combat this serious problem in California. It was with this in mind, and to this end, that the conference was organized."


Chief Deputy District Attorney Gary Fagan was one of three keynote speakers on Day 1 of the conference who discussed how to fund the fight against fraud

Participating agencies included: Members of the San Bernardino, Riverside, and Orange County District Attorneys’ Offices, the California Department of Insurance – Fraud Division, the Department of Industrial Relations, the Labor Enforcement Task Force, and other agencies, as well as several workers’ compensation insurers, including the State Compensation Insurance Fund, and their Third Party Administrators and Special Investigations Units.



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