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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 23. Labor and Workers' Compensation
- Chapter 30. Alaska Workers' Compensation Act
- Section 280. Investigation of Fraud; Staffing.
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AS 23.30.280. Investigation of Fraud; Staffing.
- (a) The director shall establish a section within the division for the investigation of
fraudulent or misleading acts under AS 23.30.250 and other fraudulent acts relating to workers'
- (b) The director may investigate facts reported under this section and may refer facts indicating
a possible violation of law to the appropriate prosecutor or agency. If the director determines that there is credible
evidence that a person obtained a payment, compensation, medical treatment, or other benefit provided under this chapter
by a fraudulent act or false or misleading statement or representation as provided in AS 23.30.250 (a), the director shall notify the affected
employer, insurer, and adjuster upon conclusion of the investigation. If the fraudulent act or false or misleading
statement or representation was perpetrated against the division, the director may file a petition as provided in AS 23.30.110 for an order of forfeiture against the person,
precluding, in whole or in part, the person from future payment, compensation, medical treatment, or other benefit
provided under this chapter.
- (c) The director shall establish a toll-free fraud hotline to receive calls relating to
fraudulent or misleading acts under this chapter. The director shall publicize the availability of the toll-free fraud
hotline and encourage the public to provide information to the division relating to fraudulent or misleading acts
relating to workers' compensation.
- (d) The section established by the director under (a) of this section shall include not less
than two full-time investigators with the primary responsibility of investigating fraudulent or misleading acts relating
to workers' compensation. The director shall also ensure that there are sufficient personnel to staff the toll-free
fraud hotline established under (c) of this section.
- (e) Except as provided in (f) of this section, a person is not liable for civil damages for
filing a report concerning a suspected, anticipated, or completed fraudulent act or a false or misleading statement or
representation with, or for furnishing other information, whether written or oral, concerning a suspected, anticipated,
or completed fraudulent act or false or misleading statements or representation to
- (1) law enforcement officials or their agents and employees;
- (2) the division of workers' compensation, the division of insurance in the Department of
Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, or an agency in another state that regulates insurance or workers'
- (3) an insurer or adjuster or its agents, employees, or designees, or the risk manager of a
self-insured employer under this chapter.
- (f) The provisions of (e) of this section do not preclude liability for civil damages as
described in (e) of this section if the liability arose as a result of gross negligence or reckless or intentional
- (g) The papers, reports, documents, and evidence received under this section or in an
investigation arising from information received under this section are not subject to public inspection for so long as
the director considers confidentiality to be in the public interest or reasonably necessary to complete an investigation
or protect the person investigated from unwarranted injury. Papers, reports, documents, and other evidence related to an
investigation under this section are confidential.
- (h) If the material that the director seeks to obtain is located outside the state, the material
may be made available to the director to examine at the place where the material is located. The director may designate
representatives, including officials of the state in which the material is located, to inspect the material on behalf of
the director. The director may respond to a request from an official of another state for similar material.
- (i) Papers, reports, documents, and other evidence related to an investigation under this
section are not subject to subpoena unless, after notice to the director and a hearing, a court determines that the
director would not be unduly hindered by public inspection.
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