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Workers’ comp official charged with bribery

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Employers are always looking for ways to reduce their workers’ compensation costs. Maybe making off-the-books payments to a state official isn’t the best way to go about it.

James McDonnell, an audit supervisor for the State Workers’ Insur­ance Fund in Scranton, has been charged with five counts of bribery after allegedly accepting more than $80,000 from Pen­nsyl­vania busi­nesses. According to prosecutors, McDonnell told business owners insured by the fund that he would re­­­­duce their workers’ comp premiums in exchange for the cash kickbacks.

The fund is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

Prosecutors claim that on 15 occa­sions, McDonnell issued checks to fund-insured employers with no supporting documentation.

No word yet from prosecutors on the fate awaiting businesses that al­­legedly made payments to McDonnell.

Advice: When a government official asks for cash in exchange for favors, there’s really only one way to respond: Call your attorney ASAP.

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