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CA's Poizner Grants $30M in Workers' Comp Fraud-Fighting Funds

Posted on 22 Jun 2009

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Steve Poizner, California's insurance commissioner, said Thursday that $30 million in grants to fight workers' compensation insurance fraud will go to local county district attorneys this year, up "almost $1 million" from last year.

That includes nearly $3.4 million to the central Bay Area counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties, and nearly $2.2 million to Santa Clara County.

Funding for the grants comes from as assessment on employers, which is determined by the Fraud Assessment Commission, the Department of Insurance said. Counties apply for the grants annually, and applications are reviewed by the Workers’ Compensation Grant Review Panel, which makes recommendations to the commissioner. The commissioner can accept or amend the recommendations, which must then be approved by the Fraud Assessment Commission.