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As we close out 2010, let’s review some of the more outrageous workers’ compensation cases of the year, as compiled on a blog at the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud.

Oh, Shoot!

How desperate (or dumb?) do you have to be to get a buddy to shoot you in the leg in order to file a workers’ compensation claim? That’s what Pierre Lamont Taylor did while working for UPS in Baltimore. He and his cousin, Joseph Francis Brooks, got the idea one day while watching television. Brooks shot Taylor to stage a robbery. UPS’ insurer Liberty Mutual paid out a cool quarter million to Taylor, who shared his payday with his cohort. Everything was fine until a friend spilled the beans to Maryland state police.

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