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Claim for Non-Industrial Injury Leads to Fraud Conviction

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 | 1567 | 0 | 0 min read

A mechanic for the Imperial County Irrigation District was ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution and serve three years of formal probation after pleading guilty to filing a workers' compensation claim for a non-industrial accident, according to Probe Information Services, Inc. Richard Urrutia, 56, initially he claimed he injured his knee outside of work. However, after he was convicted of a DUI which left him unable to drive for work, he claimed to have injured his knee while working as a refrigeration mechanic, according to Probe. Probe said medical records confirmed Urrutia injured his...

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Mary Huckabaa Nov 3, 2016 07:58 AM

Come on. Restitution and probation? Really? How does this stop fraud. It's men like this who give the legitimate injured workers' a difficult time pursuing their cases. So "IF I'm caught I'll have to pay it back and not do it again for a few years".

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