Informal Task Force to Crack Down on Workers Comp Fraud


Binghamton, NY – Broome County Executive Debbie Preston teams up with Broome County District Attorney Gerald Mollen and Head of Security Jim Dadamio to announce a strategy to crack down on Workers Compensation Fraud.


Preston has created an informal Task Force to oversee Workers Compensation Claims and make sure they are legitimate from the very beginning through the end of the process.


“We work for the people,” says Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.  “Sometimes a few bad employees try to get something for nothing, scamming the people we serve.  This Task Force will help prevent those instances.”


The Task Force will be made up of Preston, Dadamio, Mollen, Personnel Director Tom Behan, Tom Dellapenna and Colleen Capwell (both from the Risk and Insurance department).


This group will investigate current, as well as new, claims for Worker’s Compensation, making sure claims are legitimate.


Workers Compensation claims cost the County more than $2 million per year.


Fraudulent claims could cost the County thousands of dollars more, as it has done in the past.


“We are happy to work together with Debbie on this project to ensure that only legitimate claims are paid from public funds,” says Broome County District Attorney Gerald Mollen. “For those claims discovered to be fraudulent, our office will evaluate and prosecute to the fullest extent appropriate under law.”


“Our entire staff works diligently to investigate any claim that may be suspect,” says Broome County Security Director James Dadamio.  “Debbie’s new Task Force will make it even more difficult for people to attempt to defraud this program and I hope people understand that we are serious about reinvigorating our processes.”


“We never like to hear about people getting hurt on the job,” says Preston.  “We want to help those people get what they deserve. But we also want to send a clear message to others that are trying to scam the system that it will not be tolerated.”


If someone from the public knows of anyone that is committing Workers Compensation Fraud, we urge you to call the Risk and Insurance Department at (607) 778-2402.

11/13/2013 - 1:02pm