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Their Dirty Deeds

Tales of Workers’ Comp Fraud

Paul Colbert has seen it all, from allegedly crippled people walking again and the infirmed riding horses to the blind seeing again, as if by divine intervention. While the investigator and founder of Meridian Investigative Group acknowledges the entertainment factor of some of these outlandish cases, his overarching concern is that people, authorities especially, simply do not take workers’ compensation fraud seriously. Recently Colbert spoke with Claims Editor in Chief Christina Bramlet about how this type of fraud weighs on the P&C insurance community, how to deter it, and why we all have a lot at stake.

Are fraudsters becoming more brazen? If so, then is the current scarcity of jobs a significant factor?

What fraud detection methods are the most effective?

We [here at Meridian] have a pending trademark on our newest product, CPR, which combines information from social networking sites with our own unique investigative methodology. While other investigative companies may use social networking sites to gain information for their clients, we use the CPR product for fast, reliable information.

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