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Two radio disc jockeys in Australia were in “stitches” upon hearing about a listener’s tale of workers compensation insurance fraud involving a phony physiotherapist, all in the name of helping out a friend.
“I need you to be a physio. I just need you to have a fake physio studio that I can go to, to fix my fake injury,” the call-in listener “Todd” told chuckling Lewis Hobba and Michael Hing, who host the “Hobba and Hing” afternoon drive show on the alternative radio station Triple J.
“We made a fake physio studio and we sent the insurance company bills for physio work to fix his fake injury and they paid us,” the listener bragged.
Not amused at the scam were others listening, along with the Insurance Council Australia.
“Insurance fraud has cost the industry millions,” a spokesperson for the insurance council told news.com.au, adding that “many Australians need the support and protection of their insurer… These people can be impacted when insurer resources are diverted from assisting legitimate claims to dealing with fraudulent claims.”
“How is this funny? Insurance fraud costs the rest of us, big time,” one listener tweeted. “With jacked-up premiums. Out of reach for some people that want to protect & feel secure insuring what they have worked their guts out for. Yeah hilarious. Grow up.”
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