The state attorney general’s public corruption unit arrested a supervisor in the Pennsylvania workers’ compensation program and charged with bribery. His wife was also arrested and charged with conspiracy.
The man is an auditing supervisor and state employee with the State Workers’ Insurance Fund (SWIF), a state agency. The SWIF is a part of the Department of Labor and Industry and provides workers’ comp insurance to businesses in PA, particularly those employers with high-risk occupations that cannot obtain coverage through a private insuraer.
According to TheRepublic.com, the man promised PA business owners who were insured through the SWIF in Scranton that he could reduce their premiums if they provided him with kickbacks. Prosecutors documented 15 cases where refunds were issued without any supporting documentation.
The scheme ran from 1999 to 2011 and netted the couple over $80,000.