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Catherine Leahy Scott
Inspector General

*Help Us To Combat Fraud*
Got a Tip or Complaint ?
Tell Us About It !

24-Hour Complaint Hotline
1-888-363-6001 (TOLL FREE)

100 Broadway-Menands
Albany, NY 12241

Telephone: (518) 473-4839

215 W. 125 Street
New York, New York 10027

Telephone: (212) 222-0603

Office of the Workers' Compensation
Fraud Inspector General

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) was created in 1996 as part of the WCB to investigate violations of the laws and regulations pertaining to the operation of the workers' compensation system. Through its investigations, audits, and reports OIG focuses on reducing costs to the workers' compensation system by eliminating fraud and by acting to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the workers' compensation system.

Workers' compensation fraud occurs when someone knowingly and intentionally makes a false, material statement in order to obtain or deny a benefit for themselves or another. The OIG is charged with investigating allegations of fraud committed by any party to the fraud including attorneys, employees, employers, health care providers, and insurance carriers.

Individuals with knowledge of fraudulent activity can contact the OIG by calling the 24-hour hotline number, 1-888-363-6001 or by completing the online complaint form included on this web site. Callers filing a complaint are not required to leave their name, but in order to pursue an investigation it is important that the caller include as much information as possible concerning the alleged fraudulent conduct. Whenever possible, information provided should include the nature of the claimed fraudulent activity, the parties involved in the fraud and the location where the fraud is occurring. Specific information is important to us in investigating the fraudulent activity.