Expanding on our previous Workers’ Compensation Fraud post, we will now take a look at charges and penalties in Illinois.
Illinois Workers’ Compensation Fraud Charges and Penalties
According to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act:
- Any person or party may report or allege workers’ compensation fraud
- When such reports are submitted, the Division of Insurance of the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation is obligated to oversee the investigation of each allegation of such fraud
In Illinois, workers’ comp fraud can result in being charged with a Class four felony.
If you are convicted of defrauding the workers’ compensation system, you may face:
- One to Four years in prison
- A mandatory one-year supervised release period (halfway house)
- $25,000 in fines. Depending on the amount of benefits fraudulently taken by the convicted party, the resulting restitution fines may be higher
- Up to three years of probation
A conviction will also result in a criminal record. This will impact your ability to secure housing, loans, and future employment. It may also result in difficulties voting and will prevent you from legally owning a gun in the state of Illinois.
Fraud is Often an Honest Mistake
If you have suffered a workplace injury and are preparing to file a workers’ compensation claim, it’s a good idea to have an experienced attorney on your side. This helps ensure that all forms are filled out appropriately, all necessary information is included, and that nothing illegal or unethical is being done. Not only will this help prevent fraud charges, it will help ensure you get the help you need, when you actually need it.
Why Choose Us?
We have been helping injured workers in Illinois for more than 25 years – and plan to be doing so for 25 more. Our goal is to preserve and promote the rights and welfare of individuals and families who have suffered injuries and losses and/or who need help navigating the workers’ comp system. Our unwavering dedication to our clients’ rights means that we will work tirelessly to help you secure the maximum possible workers’ compensation benefits for your injuries and losses, so you can focus on your recovery and future.