Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Acting Director, Anne Melissa Dowling recently announced an investigation by the Department’s Workers Compensation Fraud Unit (WCFU) has resulted in the conviction of an Algonquin woman, Tracy Williams (aka: Tracy Wanker).
Williams, who was named in a 10-count indictment on charges of workers comp fraud, insurance fraud, aggravated insurance fraud, and perjury related to her claims for benefits, has been convicted and sentenced in Kane County, IL.
Williams, who pleaded guilty to felony workers comp fraud on July 29, 2015, was sentenced to two years’ probation and ordered to pay $14,737.86 in restitution, as well as fines, fees, and court costs for obtaining nearly $90,000 in workers comp benefits.
According to authorities, Williams had also been charged with three additional counts of workers comp fraud, four counts of insurance fraud, and one count each of aggravated insurance fraud and perjury resulting from the investigation of three complaints related to claims she filed with the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission (IWCC).
The defendant was said to have filed false reports of work-related injuries; she subsequently misrepresented her medical condition and exaggerated her symptoms to her employers, medical treatment providers, and insurance companies. She created the impression the injuries she claimed to have suffered while at work were more extensive than they really were in order to collect temporary total disability (TTD) benefits, receive unnecessary medical care, and to remain off work.
Since 1987, Williams has filed 19 claims with the IWCC against multiple employers.
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