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Supervisor of Washington Prison Asbestos Program Fired

Washington state’s Department of Corrections has fired the supervisor in charge of an inmate work crew that used unsafe practices in cleaning up asbestos. The agency last year closed down the 23-year-old program that sent prisoners to clean up cancer-causing …

Washington Mother Daughter Duo Engaged in False Billing Scam

Two Mount Vernon-area women, who provided interpretation services for Spanish-speaking injured workers, must repay the state thousands of dollars from a false billing scam. Gloria Mendoza Garcia and her daughter, Gloria Del Rocio Gonzalez, were each sentenced to 30 days …

Washington Workers’ Comp Fraudsters Receive Jail Time

Three defendants from Tacoma, East Wenatchee and Idaho have been sentenced for cheating the Washington state system that helps injured workers. In three unrelated cases, the offenders each pleaded guilty to felony theft for stealing workers’ compensation benefits from the …

GEICO Hiring Auto Damage Adjusters for Washington Offices

To keep up with rapid growth, GEICO is hiring dedicated auto damage adjusters in Seattle and Renton, Wash. Candidates with excellent customer service and time management skills as well as a strong desire to help customers after an accident are …

Blast at Washington LNG Site Raises Alarm on Natural Gas Safety

An unexplained blast this week at a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in rural Washington state, which injured workers, forced an evacuation and raised alarm about a potentially large second explosion, could focus attention on the risk of storing massive …

Washington Man Fakes Work Injuries, Cons Hospitals

A 41-year-old Bremerton, Wash., man has been sentenced to 26 months in prison for defrauding hospitals to get painkillers. Robert B. Boyer, Jr., pleaded guilty recently to 10 felony counts of fraudulently obtaining controlled substances, according to the Washington Attorney …

Trial Set in Washington Workers’ Comp Case

A 38-year-old East Wenatchee, Wash., man faces an April 24 trial on a charge of defrauding the state of workers’ compensation benefits in a case that goes back years. Rodimiro Cardenas Pacheco pleaded not guilty today to a first-degree theft …

Washington Homeowner Fights to Keep Treehouse

Zeb Postelwait always wanted to build a treehouse for his sons. He got the chance last summer after moving into a Wenatchee, Wash., home with a big tree in the front yard. Two months later he received his first notice …

Washington Landscaper Caught Working While Claiming Workers’ Comp

A Bothell, Wash., landscaper who claimed he was suffering from an on-the-job injury has admitted to stealing state workers’ compensation benefits. Jose De Jesus Bernal-Ruiz pleaded guilty to second-degree theft this week in King County Superior Court, according to the …

Washington Landscaper Fails to Pay for Workers’ Comp Coverage

A Pierce County, Wash., landscaper has been charged with failing to pay workers’ compensation insurance after one of his employees was injured on the job. Kenneth Ivan Winters faces one count of doing business without workers’ comp insurance and seven …