While we believe the vast majority of the people we work with are honest and trustworthy, all organizations are subject to fraud risks. And fraudulent activity, no matter how big or small, compromises the integrity of the accident fund we are responsible for maintaining.
That's why we have a no-tolerance corporate fraud policy for staff, employers, workers, suppliers, and service providers.
What is fraud?
In general, fraud involves action with dishonest intent that results in some type of benefit that a person is not entitled to receive. Simply put, fraud is committed when a person gains something, whether potential or actual, that results from a lie, exaggeration, omission, or other type of deception.
Examples of fraud
Fraud can be committed in many ways. Here are some examples from cases we have investigated:
- Falsely claimed that an injury is work-related
- Exaggerated an injury or delayed their return to work so that they could receive WorkSafeBC benefits
- Worked and/or earned income while receiving WorkSafeBC benefits
- Intentionally failed to register a company with us
- Intentionally under-reported payroll
- Intentionally misclassified workers in a lower rate class or as contractors
Suppliers and providers have:
- Provided fictitious receipts or invoices
- Not provided goods or services billed for
How you can help prevent fraud
We rely on assistance from employers, workers, and the public to help us prevent and detect fraud. We encourage you to report fraud as soon as you become aware of it.
We take allegations of fraud seriously and are required by law to investigate them. We are mandated to identify areas where fraud may occur, make changes where required, and recover assets where fraud is confirmed.
Allegations of fraud are investigated by our Field Investigations Department. Their goal is to protect our assets. Their activities include:
- Monitoring the environment and data for potential fraud vulnerability
- Identifying and investigating instances of suspected fraud
- Pursuing the recovery of funds as a result of fraudulent activity