POSTED: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 3:15pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 3:19pm
BATON ROUGE, La — Anyone who suspects unemployment insurance or workers’ compensation fraud in Louisiana now has a simpler, more efficient way to report it.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission has combined resources within its Office of Unemployment Insurance Administration and the Office of Workers' Compensation Administration to create a toll-free hotline and a web portal for reporting suspected fraud.
People now can report fraud by calling 1-800-201-3362, or by visiting www.laworks.net  and clicking “Report Fraud.”
In the past nine months, 73 people have been arrested on warrants accusing them of fraud against the unemployment insurance program, and another 13 face similar charges against the workers’ compensation system.
Examples of fraud include employees who aren’t eligible but who collect workers’ compensation or unemployment insurance benefits. Other kinds of fraud occur when employers do business without carrying the required workers’ compensation coverage, or when they try to avoid paying their unemployment insurance taxes by improperly classifying employees as independent contractors.