LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews2) -- Nevada ranks highly in national workers' compensation claims, and the Attorney General’s office says the Silver State remains high in workers' compensation fraud.
Officials in the AG’s office say that when the economy tanked in Las Vegas, people became desperate to keep money coming in. Some ended up working the system by lying about the extent of injuries received on the job.
One man went from fraud suspect to convicted felon. Daniel Miller found himself in trouble after the Attorney General’s Fraud Investigation Division caught him working in an undercover video.
When the video was shot, Miller was collecting works' compensation, claiming he was so injured he had trouble driving, dressing, and even eating. But in the video, Miller is hefting buckets of water, moving heavy equipment, and going up and down stairs with hoses.
Miller says the whole thing was a set-up by a former boss and insists he was under an order not to lift anything weighing more than 100 pounds. The items he was recorded lifting, he says, don’t weigh 100 pounds.
Michael Geeser, president of the Nevada Insurance Council, says fraud cases like Miller’s are a major problem in the state.
Miller says the AG’s office ordered him to pay back the Employer’s Insurance Company of Nevada $11,500.
Despite the evidence and even his guilty plea, Miller maintains, “I’m not a crook. If I’d have went to trial, I would have beat it.”
Insurers say when someone commits workers' compensation fraud, premiums rise and the consumer foots the bill.