Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter 11/27/2009 - Recent Arrests, Charges & Convictions

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter 11/27/2009 - Recent Arrests, Charges & Convictions

Each week we'll be surveying what the media, state agencies, insurance companies, and others report in terms of workers' comp fraud. Just like a police blotter, our workers' comp fraud blotter lists recent arrests, charges, and convictions.



Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter – November 27, 2009

Daly City Councilwoman Faces Workers’ Comp Fraud Charges (CA) – Maggie Gomez, a Daly City councilwoman, faces 12 counts of workers’ compensation insurance fraud, for allegedly filing an injury claim in 2005 while working as a PR manager at Seton Medical Center. Gomez is due in court December 1. Read more

Watsonville Woman Sentenced for Workers’ Comp Fraud (CA) – Maria Garcia Navarro, who pleaded guilty to one felony count of workers’ comp fraud for saying she was involved in a car accident when an investigation showed she wasn’t in her car at the time of the crash, was sentenced this past week. She was placed on felony probation for three years, ordered to serve 150 days in county jail or complete a work alternative program, and ordered to pay restitution. Read more

Civil Judgment Issued Against Local Trucking Company for Failure to Provide Workers’ Comp (CA) – A $160,000 civil judgment has been entered against Nelson Francia, of Nelson Francia Trucking, which was accused of failing to provide employees with workers' compensation insurance. Read more

San Bernardino Bus Driver Convicted of Workers’ Comp Fraud (CA) – Kinya Atlas-Hearn, an OmniTrans driver, was convicted by a jury for workers’ comp fraud. Atlas-Hearn filed a workers' compensation claim due to headaches and stress she blamed on an irate passenger, but a recording from a camera mounted in her bus contradicted her claim. Read more

Local Insurance Agency Sued for Issuing False Workers’ Comp Policy (IL) – Bertsche and Berry, Inc., a local insurance agency that was stripped of its license this past September, has been sued by Haley Brothers Excavating Inc. for allegedly selling it a workers’ compensation policy and issuing a false certificate of liability while pocketing the premiums paid by Haley Brothers Excavating. Read more

Tattoo Parlor Owner Arrested for Alleged Workers’ Comp Fraud (NY) – Scott Sawyer, the owner of an Albany tattoo parlor who inked a statement claiming his hands hurt too much to work, is facing workers’ compensation fraud charges following his arrest this past week for allegedly defrauding the New York State Insurance Fund. Authorities said surveillance showed Mr. Sawyer allegedly worked as a tattoo artist at the shop he owns and operated, Addicted to Ink Tattoo, while collecting workers’ compensation benefits from NYSIF. Read more