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People v. Jay Bryan Waterman
Videos and other evidence provided sufficient evidence to support a trial court's conviction of an injured worker on several fraud charges.
WCC 35982010 CA
People v. Jones
The conviction of a former Highway Patrol officer for workers' compensation fraud was upheld for a second time.
WCC 38922012 CA
People v. Kamal
[Unpublished] Because the trial's outcome hinged on credibility factors, the prosecutor's improper attacks on appellant's credibility more likely than not affected the jury's deliberations and ultimate verdict. Appellant is therefore entitled to a retrial before a jury untainted by prosecutorial misconduct.
WCC 32832007 CA
People v. Lucena
The 3rd District Court of Appeal affirmed most of a trial court's decision that convicted June Ann Lucena of workers' compensation fraud, attempted perjury, theft by false pretenses, and false claims.
WCC 36722010 CA
People v. Montes
A surgery center owner who helped defraud American International Group and Matrix Absence Management out of $1.4 million will get an additional 271 days of credit toward his sentence.
WCC 37982011 CA
People v. Moreno
[Unpublished] 'Unless testimony is physically impossible or inherently improbable, testimony of a single witness is sufficient' to establish that Defendant had the requisite intent in making false statements for the purpose of obtaining workers' compensation benefits.
WCC 33152008 CA
People v. Navaei
The court modified Navaei's probation conditions to be more specific.
WCC 35912010 CA
People v. Peebles
An appellate court upheld the convictions of a husband and wife who were convicted of more than 40 counts of insurance fraud in an unpublished decision.
WCC 35462009 CA
People v. Sun
The 2nd District Court of Appeal affirmed the conviction of an Arcadia-based attorney for insurance fraud and unauthorized practice of law.
WCC 37612011 CA
Today's Round Up
NV - WCS Schedules Basic Orientation Training
The Nevada Workers’ Compensation Section is holding basic orientation training sessions on Oct. 25.
The classes cover basic regulatory processes for the state’s workers’ compensation system, including a description of the forms needed when a workplace injury or occupational disease occurs.
Training will be held at the agency’s office, 1301 N. Green Valley Parkway, Suite 200, in Henderson. Training will be available via video conference at the Division of Industrial Relations building, 400 W. King St., in Carson City.
The first class is at 9:30 a.m. and the second is .
CA - DWC Posts Draft Benefit Notice Rules to Forum
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation posted proposed revisions to rules pertaining to notice requirements for denied claims to its online forum for public comment.
Senate Bill 1160 requires the DWC to adopt rules by Jan. 1, 2018, to provide workers with notice that they can access medical treatment outside the work comp system when a claim is denied. The proposed revision will add to benefit notices a statement saying, “Although your claim has been denied, if you believe that you still need medical treatment for your injury or illness, you have the right to obtain trea.
CA - Anne Schmitz Named WCAB Secretary
The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board named Anne Schmitz as its secretary, effective immediately.
Schmitz, a deputy commissioner, served as acting secretary since Aug. 31. She is taking over the position on a permanent basis to replace Richard Newman, secretary and deputy commissioner, who is retiring.
Schmitz joined the Department of Industrial Relations as an attorney in 2010.
Newman joined the WCAB in 2016 after Rick Dietrich retired. Before taking over as secretary, Newman had served as chief judge of the Division of Workers’ Compensation since September 2011.
OH - Woman Ordered to Pay Restitution for Spending Dead Boyfriend's Benefit Funds
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The boyfriend died, but the workers’ comp checks kept coming.
Because 58-year-old Suzette Hedrick of Toledo, Ohio, cashed the checks, she has a choice of reimbursing the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation $18,576 or serve 10 months in prison, the BWC said in a press release Friday. A Lucas County judge on Oct. 5 sentenced Hendrik to five years of probation after she pleaded guilty to attempted grand theft, a fifth-degree felony, the bureau said.
Hendrick’s boyfriend, whom the bureau did not identify, was receiving permanent total disability benefits until his death on Oct. 3, .
TX - Imprisoned Doctors' Luxury Cars, Diamond-Covered Rolexes Up for Auction
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The federal government is auctioning off 21 luxury cars seized from two doctors who are serving long prison sentences for running a pill mill in Mobile, Alabama.
Gold jewelry and a series of Rolex watches covered in diamonds will also be auctioned Saturday at the Hilton Austin Airport, KSAT-TV 12 reports.
The items were seized from John Patrick Couch and Xiulu Ruan, who became rich from selling instant-release fentanyl drugs off-label for neck, back and joint pain. The highly addictive opioid, produced by a company called Subsys, was approved only to trea.
CA - CAAA Takes Swing at Governor Over Veto of Apportionment Bill
CA - Court Affirms Dismissal of Disbarred Work Comp Attorney's Distress Claim
CA - Number of QMEs Falls as Panel Requests Increase
CA - Four Deputies at Las Vegas Shooting File Comp Claims
CA - Limited Injunction to Apply Only to Liens Not Listed on DWC Website
NY - Activists Protest Proposed WCB Changes to Impairment Rating Method
CA - Judge Postpones Sentencing of Drobot Jr. Until February
CA - QME Report Examines Impact of Suspended Providers, Med-Legal Agents
CA - Decision Says Claims Had Preclusive Effect on Discrimination Suit
PA - Republican Senators Seek to Introduce Formulary Bill
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