Friday, April 27, 2012

DA CHARGES APPLE VALLEY MAN WITH WORKERS' COMP FRAUD

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.  – An Apple Valley man was arrested for allegedly committing four counts of workers’ compensation fraud and one count of perjury.

Investigators with the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, Workers’ Compensation Fraud Prosecution Unit, started investigating Francisco Ramirez, 28, in Aug. 2011, after receiving allegations of possible insurance fraud.

Ramirez allegedly sustained an industrial injury on March 18, 2009, when he claimed to have injured his back while lifting a heavy object at work. Ramirez was ultimately provided benefits from the Company’s Workers’ Compensation Insurance.  During the investigation, officials uncovered evidence supporting the allegations of fraud.

On April 12, 2012, investigators arrested Ramirez without incident after he agreed to meet with Investigators in Ontario while on his way home from work. Ramirez was booked at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on suspicion of workers’ compensation insurance fraud and perjury.

If convicted on all counts, Ramirez faces 9 years of prison time to be served in county prison. The case is being prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Scott Byrd.