Broome County New York has established its own informal task force to oversee workers’ compensation claims from beginning to end to ensure they are legitimate.
Broome County runs along the New York-Pennsylvania border, north of Scranton, Pa.
The task force will be made up of County Executive Debbie Preston, county District Attorney Gerald Mollen, personnel director Tom Behan, and Tom Dellapenna and Colleen Capwell from the county’s risk and insurance department.
Both new and ongoing claims for workers’ compensation will be investigated by the task force. “We work for the people,” said 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.”
Worker’s compensation claims cost the county more than $2 million annually and fraudulent claims are said to have cost the county thousands of more dollars in the past.