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Workers' Compensation Daily News for May 28, 2016

Ron Mix NFL Capping Case Implicates NBA Player Kermit Washington
Fri, 27 May 2016 08:48:17 - Pacific Time
A federal grand jury sitting in Kansas City, Missouri, returned an indictment against a former professional basketball player and representative for the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), charging him with corruptly interfering with the internal revenue laws, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, obstruction of justice and aggravated identity theft.

It is alleged that Washington referred professional athletes to Ron Mix, a former professional football player and an attorney licensed in the state of California, whose practice focused on the filing of workers’ compensation claims on behalf of former professional athletes.  In exchange for the referrals, Mix made payments to PCA and claimed those amounts as charitable deductions on his personal tax returns.  Upon receipt of these payments, Washington diverted the funds for his own personal benefit.

"The federal indictment alleges this former NBA player used his celebrity status to exploit the good intentions of those who donated to a charity he founded, called Project Contact Africa," said U.S. Attorney Dickinson. According to the indictment, Washington profited by diverting hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations that was supposed to benefit a clinic in Africa for needy families and children, but instead bankrolled his own personal spending.

It is further alleged that Washington conspired with others to defraud eBay and PayPal, customers and donors of PCA by allowing the co-conspirators to use PCA’s name, tax-exempt status and IRS Employee Identification Number (EIN) with eBay and PayPal so the co-conspirators could avoid substantial listing and registration fees incurred in operating online, for-profit businesses.  Moreover, customers who made purchases falsely believed that 100 percent of the proceeds from the co-conspirators’ online eBay sales benefited PCA.  In exchange for allowing the co-conspirators to use PCA’s tax-exempt status, Washington received payments from the co-conspirators.

Washington was arrested in Los Angeles and had his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California. Washington was ordered to surrender his passport and released on bond and must wear a location monitoring device. Washington’s next court date is tentatively scheduled on June 16 before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Maughmer in the Western District of Missouri.

If convicted, Washington faces a statutory maximum sentence of three years in prison on the charge of corrupt interference with the internal revenue laws, 20 years in prison on the charge of conspiring to commit wire fraud, 20 years in prison on the charge of obstruction and a mandatory sentence of two years in prison for the charge of aggravated identity theft, which will be in addition to any other term of imprisonment he receives.  He also faces supervised release, a maximum fine of $250,000 on each count and restitution.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Ciraolo and U.S. Attorney Dickinson commended special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, who investigated the case and Assistant U.S.  Attorneys Patrick Daly and Curt Bohling of the Western District of Missouri, and Trial Attorney Ryan Raybould of the Tax Division, who are prosecuting the case. Read More...

Baldwin Park USD Aid Arrested for Comp Fraud
Fri, 27 May 2016 08:48:12 - Pacific Time
Juanita Denise Schmittle, 50, of Baldwin Park, was arrested by California Department of Insurance detectives on two counts of workers' compensation fraud after allegedly misrepresenting her injuries and mental health conditions suffered while working as an instructional aide for the Baldwin Park Unified School District. Schmittle's misrepresentations resulted in $33,000 in unnecessary treatment costs and unearned disability payments over the course of three years.

Schmittle allegedly suffered injuries to her right wrist, left knee and left hip after slipping and falling onto a wet floor while at work. Schmittle claimed these injuries became progressively more severe and she developed psychological problems, as a result.

The California Department of Insurance launched an investigation after Schmittle's employer reported suspected fraud. The investigation revealed Schmittle's treating physician referred her to a psychologist after she claimed she was depressed from not being able to return to work. After being evaluated by a psychologist it was apparent that Schmittle exaggerated her symptoms and intentionally misled others while malingering.

"Workers' compensation fraud is a costly crime that we all pay for," said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. "Insurers pass along the cost of their losses to businesses through higher insurance premiums and those costs are passed onto to consumers through higher prices for goods and services. Ultimately, there is a ripple effect on our economy."

Bail is set at $30,000. The LA County District Attorney's Office is prosecuting the case. If convicted, Schmittle faces up to five years in county jail. Read More...

DOJ Joins Fraud Claims Against 14 Major SoCal Hospitals
Thu, 26 May 2016 07:19:31 - Pacific Time
The United States has intervened in a lawsuit against Prime Healthcare Services, the company’s founder and chief executive officer, Dr. Prem Reddy; and 14 Prime hospitals in California that alleges Emergency Departments at Prime facilities improperly admitted patients to the hospitals and submitted false claims to Medicare. Most of these hospitals are in Southern California, including Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood, Encino Hospital Medical Center, Sherman Oaks Hospital and Huntington Beach Hospital.

The lawsuit alleges that Dr. Reddy, the CEO, directed the corporate practice of pressuring Prime’s Emergency Department physicians and hospital administrators to raise inpatient admission rates, regardless of whether it was medically necessary to admit the patients. The lawsuit alleges that Prime’s corporate officers, at Reddy’s direction, exerted immense pressure on doctors in the Emergency Departments to admit patients who could have been placed in observation, treated as outpatients or discharged. As a result of these medically unnecessary admissions from the Emergency Departments, Prime hospitals allegedly submitted false claims to federal health care programs, such as Medicare.

The lawsuit filed in 2011, United States ex rel. Berntsen v. Prime Healthcare Services, et al., CV11-8214-PJW (MG), was filed in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles by relator Karin Bernsten, who worked at one of the Prime hospitals where the allegedly improper inpatient admissions took place. She serves as director of performance improvement at Prime's Alvarado Hospital in San Diego. The lawsuit was filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act, which permit private parties to sue on behalf of the United States when they believe that a party has submitted false claims for government funds, and to receive a share of any recovery. The False Claims Act permits the government to intervene in such a lawsuit, as it has done in a portion of this case.

Berntsen’s lawsuit describes multiple instances when chain Chief Executive Prem Reddy asked staff to improperly admit patients from the emergency room into the hospital instead of observing them on an outpatient basis. Medicare reimburses hospitals more for patients who are admitted, compared to those who are observed on an outpatient basis and released. Berntsen recounted a January 2011 meeting where Reddy allegedly told doctors that "you can always find a reason to make the (emergency room) patient an inpatient." Berntsen also alleges that unlicensed "clinical documentation specialists" were coached to exaggerate patient medical conditions in medical records to justify admitting them to the hospital.

The DOJ filing says that since late 2013, investigators have talked to witnesses at different Prime hospitals who said Reddy would demand the firing of ER doctors who passed up opportunities to admit patients into the hospital. Investigators also learned that Reddy told physicians to find a way to admit all seniors older than 65, since they were covered by Medicare.

Prime Healthcare General Counsel Troy Schell said he's confident the hospital network will be exonerated. "The allegations under investigation arise from complex regulation and a lack of clarity between what federal regulators and physicians believe necessary to adequately document medical necessity for hospital admission," Mr. Schell said. "Similar investigations have involved almost every major health system and hundreds of hospitals across the country." Read More...

SCIF Files Subro Claim in San Bernardino Terror Strike Case
Thu, 26 May 2016 07:19:25 - Pacific Time
The San Bernardino Sun reports that the state’s largest workers’ compensation insurer is seeking more than $53,000 from San Bernardino County on behalf of a man killed in the Dec. 2 terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center.

Last Friday, the State Compensation Insurance Fund filed a claim seeking $43,439.81 in expenses and $10,000 in damages on behalf of Larry Daniel Kaufman, one of the 14 people killed in the mass shooting. Kaufman, 42, of Rialto was a job coach at the IRC, where he worked at the coffee cart and helped developmentally disabled persons develop job and life skills.

County spokesman David Wert said Monday that County Counsel has not yet talked to attorneys from the state organization, and specifics regarding the claim were unclear.

Kaufman’s boyfriend, Ryan Reyes, said the claim was filed on behalf of one of Kaufman’s dependants, whom Reyes declined to identify. He said Kaufman had no children, and Reyes did not have any more information regarding the claim.

Gina Simons, spokeswoman for the State Compensation Insurance Fund, said she could not discuss specifics of the case, but did say dependants are not exclusive to children and spouses and can extend to parents or other individuals, even those who are not blood relatives.

Shortly before 11 a.m. Dec. 2, county health inspector Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 29, stormed the Inland Regional Center and, armed with assault rifles, fatally shot 14 people and wounded 22 others in what the FBI declared the deadliest terrorist strike on U.S. soil since 9/11.

Kaufman was the only slain victim who was not a county employee. The others were Farook’s colleagues in the county environmental health services division who were attending a training seminar in a rented conference room at the center.

Friday’s claim was the eighth filed against the county in connection with the Dec. 2 attack. In January, three relatives of shooting victim Sierra Clayborn filed claims seeking more than $200 million in damages - each family member asking for $68 million,.

On Dec. 22, Renee Wetzel, of Lake Arrowhead filed four claims against the county, seeking a total of $58 million in damages. She is the widow of county supervising environmental health specialist Michael Wetzel.

The county rejected all seven claims Feb. 1, and no lawsuits have been filed to date, Wert said. He said the deadline to file lawsuits in those cases is six months from the date the claims were rejected, which is Aug. 1. Read More...

Glendale Physician Pleads Guilty to Illegal Distribution of Opioids
Wed, 25 May 2016 08:26:47 - Pacific Time
A Glendale doctor has agreed to plead guilty to a federal drug trafficking charge for illegally distributing hydrocodone, a powerful painkiller best known by the brand names Vicodin and Norco.

Dr. Manasseh Nwaigwe, 72, who resides in Glendale and operated a medical office in Boyle Heights, agreed to plead guilty to one count of illegal distribution of hydrocodone. As part of the agreement with the government, Nwaigwe will forfeit to the government more than $97,000 in cash that Nwaigwe admits were proceeds derived from his illegal prescriptions.

In the plea agreement, Nwaigwe admits that, on five occasions in May and July 2015, he wrote prescriptions for drugs to undercover law enforcement officers in exchange for cash.

Nwaigwe prescribed the drugs hydrocodone, clonazepam (commonly known by the brand name Klonopin), and promethazine with codeine (a narcotic cough syrup known on the streets as "purple drank" or "sizzurp") to undercover agents who "did not in fact have a medical need for those prescriptions." In exchange, Nwaigwe received $90 cash for each prescription.

Subsequent to the undercover visits, a medical board expert reviewed The CURES report for Respondent, and chose several patients whose prescribing looked suspicious. The expert reviewed patient records for about 12 random patients, which totaled approximately 225 visits. He noticed that there was a pattern with all of these patients, notwithstanding age or sex. The most glaring thing was that every single patient was prescribed the same medications each time they went to see Respondent. They were prescribed a combination of Norco or Vicodin, plus Klonopin or Valium, and Phenergan with Codeine. For each patient, there were no referrals for imaging, physical therapy, urine drug screens or a check of CURES. Each and every patient had the following diagnoses (without evaluations): Chronic Anemia; Hypertension; COPD; UTI or Cystitis; and fatigue/weakness.

Under the terms plea agreement, Nwagiwe will cooperate with the Medical Board of California by surrendering his medical license, which will effectively resolve a pending action filed by the Medical Board against Nwaigwe earlier this year. On March 8, the Medical Board filed an accusation against Nwaigwe that alleged sexual misconduct, prescribing without an appropriate exam and gross negligence.

Under the plea agreement, Nwaigwe also will surrender his DEA registration, which is the federal license that all physicians must have to prescribe controlled substances.

Nwaigwe is expected to appear in United States District Court in Los Angeles on June 7 for an arraignment, at which point a hearing to enter his guilty plea will be scheduled. The drug distribution charge against Nwagiwe carries a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.

The investigation into Nwaigwe was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Medical Board of California, the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Torrance Police Department, and the Redondo Beach Police Department. Read More...

DWC Posts Amendments for Home Health Care Fee Regs
Wed, 25 May 2016 08:26:39 - Pacific Time
The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) posted amended draft regulations regarding the implementation of a fee schedule for home health care services. Members of the public are invited to present written comments regarding the proposed modifications to dwcrules@dir.ca.gov until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8.

California Senate Bill 863 requires the Administrative Director to establish a fee schedule for home health care services, which range from skilled nursing and therapy services to unskilled personal care or domestic care (chore) services.

Following the Office of Administrative Law’s publication of DWC’s initial draft of these regulations, a public hearing was held November 30, 2015 for comment. There is a transcript of the comments made that day.

Upon review of the comments received, DWC has amended its regulations to provide better organization and clarity. In addition, DWC has adopted rates drawn from the federal Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs fee schedule for home health care services, which provides rates of provider compensation that are higher than in the previous draft. California Senate Bill 542 grants DWC legislative authority to base the home health care services fee schedule on sources other than the federal Medicare and state In-home Supportive Services programs.

The proposed regulations set forth a payment methodology and fees for skilled care by licensed medical professionals and unskilled personal and chore services for injured workers in the home setting that will provide incentives for an adequate number of potential care providers to participate in home health care for injured workers while containing costs to the overall workers’ compensation system.

The updated notice and text of the regulations can be found on the proposed regulations page.

One of the more interesting changes, Section 9789.91 now provides that in cases where a claims administrator and an injured worker agree that the injured worker may receive care from a provider who does not work for a home health care agency or home care organization, that payment for those services will be made to the injured worker, rather than the provider, so that an employment relationship is not established or presumed between the claims administrator and the provider. Therefore, it will be incumbent upon such providers to have an appropriate employment agreement in place directly with the injured worker. Read More...

Attorney Ron Mix Admits to Illegal Referral Fees for Comp Cases
Tue, 24 May 2016 09:43:49 - Pacific Time
Former San Diego Chargers great Ron Mix, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Missouri to a tax fraud charge stemming from his post-football career as a California workers compensation lawyer. Mix, 78, faces a potential sentence of three years in prison and $250,000 fine. Mix agreed to pay $49,543 in restitution to the IRS.

Mix has been a successful workers compensation lawyers since his retirement from the game. Many of his clients are former professional athletes who made claims for injuries suffered during their playing days, usually years after their careers ended. Mix filed about 300 such cases in the final month before the law changed in late 2013, according to news reports at the time. But this federal criminal case was prosecuted in Kansas City because some of the clients referred to Mix lived in the Western District of Missouri. None of their names was released.

According to the plea agreement filed in federal court attorney Mix admitted the following, "Between October 18, 2010 and December 16, 2013 in the Western District of Missouri and elsewhere, the defendant, RONALD JACK MIX ("MIX"), doing business as the LAW OFFICES OF RON MIX, entered into an arrangement whereby INDIVIDUAL F, who is not an attorney, would refer professional athletes to MIX and the LAW OFFICES OF RON MIX, so that defendant, MIX, could file workers’ compensation claims in the state of California on behalf of these former professional athletes. MIX then agreed to make donations to a charity as directed by INDIVIDUAL F. The charity was THE SIXTH MAN FOUNDATION d/b/a PROJECT CONTACT AFRICA ("PCA"), a federally-registered tax exempt 501(c)(3) charity. The individuals referred were in need of the services provided by MIX, he was well-qualified to perform these services, and he properly performed the services to the individuals who were referred."

"MIX admits that he wrote checks out of his personal bank account and his law firm’s bank account to the charity as directed by INDIVIDUAL F while the latter made referrals of potential workman’s compensation cases. These donative payments ranged anywhere from $5,000 to $25,000. Mix admits that some of the professional athletes referred to him by INDIVIDUAL F, resided in the Western District of Missouri, so that he could file workers’ compensation claims in the state of California on their behalf, which was a proper venue under California law."

"MIX admits that from 2010 through 2013, he made approximately $155,000 in donations for client referrals."

"MIX also admits that the payments to PCA were listed as "charitable contributions" on his Form 1040s, U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns, for calendar years 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013." However you cannot make a charitable contribution that is deductible when you get something back in return.

Jean Paul Bradshaw, Mix’s lawyer in Kansas City said Mix was told that the referrals would stop unless he donated more and more money to the charity. Prosecutors said that Mix’s donations ranged between $5,000 and $25,000.

The practice of paying a non-lawyer a fee for a referral is known as "capping," and is illegal in California. Mix’s guilty plea will have to be reported to the State Bar. It is not clear at this time what action the California State Bar may take as a result of this plea agreement.

In exchange for his plea, the government agreed "not to bring any additional charges against defendant for any federal criminal offenses related to conspiracy to defraud the IRS or the United States, wire fraud, mail fraud, or filing a false tax return, or any other charge related to the conduct set forth in Paragraph 3 of this plea agreement for which it has venue and which arose out of the defendant’s conduct described above." Read More...

Former Claims Adjuster Sentenced to 4 Years for Embezzlement
Tue, 24 May 2016 09:43:41 - Pacific Time
Elizabeth Louise Brown, 48, of Canyon Country, a former claims adjuster with Explorer Insurance, pleaded guilty to two counts of insurance fraud with a white collar crime enhancement penalty for crafting an elaborate scheme to defraud her employer, Explorer Insurance out of more than $289,000. Brown was sentenced to four years in state prison and ordered to pay $289,999 in restitution.

According to Department of Insurance detectives, between January 2013 and September 2015, while employed by Explorer Insurance as a claims adjuster, Brown embezzled from the company by adding friends and family members to claims, which resulted in the insurer issuing fraudulent payments to Brown's co-conspirators. In the end, Brown embezzled more than $289,999 from her employers.

Evidence of Brown's alleged crimes were discovered by Explorer Insurance when they identified fraudulent checks issued in 87 claims assigned to her. Explorer terminated Brown's employment and, as required by law, reported the suspected crimes to the department, which launched a criminal investigation. The investigation into how Brown profited from the scheme is ongoing.

A team of California Department of Insurance police officers raided her residence on the 26800 block of Madigan Drive in Santa Clarita in the early morning hours of April 7 as part of the investigation.

"I walked outside and there’s just a troop of (officers)," said a witness who asked to remain anonymous, adding that one officer was carrying a battering ram designed to break down doors.

The witness also recalled seeing a van pull up to the residence not long afterward, where several people from inside the house were escorted by police. "They tucked them in the back and drove off," he said

Fifteen of Brown's co-conspirators were also arrested and to date, seven have entered guilty pleas. Another four suspects remain at large and are being sought by department detectives.

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Jury Awards Aetna $37.5 Million in Bay Area Surgical Fraud Case
Mon, 23 May 2016 09:45:18 - Pacific Time
A Santa Clara  jury awarded Aetna, Inc. $37.4 million from Bay Area Surgical Management, LLC ("BASM") six of its affiliated surgery centers and its three principals. Aetna had accused the surgery center company of a massive conspiracy to defraud Aetna and other carriers who offer out-of-network benefits by paying off doctors, lying to patients and lying to carriers and employers, the result of which was overpayment by Aetna for surgeries to the extent of tens of millions of dollars. Aetna asserted causes of action for fraud, intentional interference with contractual relations and unjust enrichment. The BASM defendants have announced that they will appeal.

According to the report on Lexology.com, Aetna’s specific complaints in the 2012 lawsuit were several: first, Aetna contended, BASM paid off doctors by selling them ownership interests at a price far below fair market value. Because physicians paid only a nominal price for their ownership interests, BASM was able to pay annual rates of return of several hundred percent. In return, Aetna claimed, the owner physicians shifted their cases to BASM centers, and especially their high-price procedures with good coverage. BASM also reallocated ownership to reward high producing physicians and punish those who were less profitable.

BASM also concealed from patients how much the surgery centers were charging for procedures by not collecting the patients’ co-payment or, Aetna, claimed, telling the patient that the charge was substantially lower than the amount the surgery centers billed to Aetna. Aetna presented testimony that the waiver of coinsurance skews the healthcare system by encouraging patients to get procedures at more costly facilities. Aetna also presented evidence that BASM’s charges were significantly higher than other area facilities, both in and out of network.

Aetna further presented evidence that the BASM surgery centers actively sought patients with good out-of-network benefits. BASM surgical schedulers were instructed not to schedule patients whose plans had a daily max for out-of-network benefits and emails and text messages from BASM principals to owner physicians emphasized the kinds of cases they were to bring in order to maximize profit.

The result of these practices, Aetna argued, was an insidious conspiracy to bilk the insurance company out of multiple millions of dollars.

BASM had argued that it was the insurance company’s responsibility to protect itself. Further, per BASM, everyone in the health care industry knows that billed charges are arbitrary. Only payers can determine what to pay for a particular procedure at a particular facility and "no one ever pays the sticker price."

The jury unanimously sided with Aetna and awarded all of the damages Aetna claimed. Still pending in California state court is a similar case by United Healthcare Services, Inc. set for trial later this year and a case in California federal court by BASM against Aetna, United and some in-network surgery centers alleging an anti-competitive conspiracy to destroy BASM’s business.

The company continues to run six surgical care centers from Burlingame to San Jose to Los Gatos. Court documents show the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Jose are making inquiries in the case. The latter has already issued a subpoena seeking information from Aetna. Aetna has filed two similar lawsuits against physician-owned surgery centers in Texas and one in Pennsylvania. Read More...

Union Agreement Does Not Limit 132a Authority
Mon, 23 May 2016 09:45:12 - Pacific Time
Alfonso Salazar worked as a floater relief worker for Leprino Foods, when,he sustained serious injury in 2011 to his right hand and arm. The claim was accepted and medical treatment and benefits were provided.

A few weeks after his injury he was given an "Employer Warning Record" advising that he had failed to "tag out-lock out" the machine on which he was injured. As such, Applicant was terminated. A Petition for Increased Benefits pursuant to Labor Code § 132a was filed. Meanwhile, the underlying matter settled by way of Stipulations With Request for Award, approved February 11, 2014.

The Labor Code§ 132a discrimination case proceeded to trial. The WCJ found that Applicant's termination was not based on a "good faith" personnel action. It was ordered that Applicant receive the supplemental benefit of $10,000 and be reinstated to his prior position.

After the 132a award issued, the employer alleged that the Teamster Pension Trust refused to administer the increase and they believed that it would violate the collective bargaining agreement to pay Applicant directly. The orders in the Amended award were quite specific as to how the $10,000.00 was to be paid. The Order stated: "[I]t is hereby ordered that Leprino Foods make payment of the increase directly to Mr. Salazar, Applicant herein. Amount to be adjusted by the parties." There was nothing in the undersigned's Amended Orders, or in the Orders of October 14, 2015 and January 28, 2016 that the sum of$10,000.00 be paid to the Teamster Pension Trust.

The employer petitioned for reconsideration. The WCJ recommended that the petition be denied reasoning that "If payment of the $10,000.00 supplemental benefit places Petitioners into some type of breach of the collective bargaining agreement with the Teamsters, which is not of Applicant's doing. Petitioners triggered the entire chain of events by discharging Applicant from employ without benefit of a "good faith" personnel action. Petitioners had ample time to challenge the November 20, 2014 Amended Findings of Fact, Award, Order, and Opinion on Decision. Petitioners chose not to do so. Petitioners cannot now hide behind a claim of contractual breach with an unrelated third party to avoid a duty they have been court-ordered to comply with for more than one year."

The WCAB denied reconsideration in the panel decision of Salazar v Leprino Foods. An employee who suffers retaliation or discrimination in violation of section 132a is not only entitled to an increase in workers' compensation benefits, but is also ..... entitled to reinstatement and reimbursement for lost wages and work benefits caused by the acts of the employer."

Here, defendant does not dispute that applicant's termination was a violation of Labor Code section 132a, nor that the WCAB has the authority to issue both penalties and lost work benefits in the form of an increased pension benefit for the time applicant lost between his wrongful termination and his permanent and stationary date. Instead, defendant contends that to comply with the WCJ's Order to issue the increased pension benefit directly to applicant would necessarily mean violating the collective bargaining agreement. However, the WCJ has not ordered defendant to pay increased pension benefits to applicant. Defendant was ordered to' pay applicant damages to be calculated/adjusted by reference to his lost pension benefit. Accordingly, the WCJ had proper authority to order defendant pay applicant damages to be calculated by reference to his lost pension benefit. Read More...

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Are Injured Workers Lying About Not Using Illicit Drugs?: Fri, 20 May 2016 10:45:35 - Pacific Time: Read More...


4th DCA Sustains School District Employee's Fraud Conviction: Fri, 20 May 2016 10:45:23 - Pacific Time: Read More...


Salinas Pain Physician Arrested on 37 Felony Charges: Thu, 19 May 2016 07:44:30 - Pacific Time: Read More...


Fresno County Worker Peads Not Guilty to 11 Fraud Counts: Thu, 19 May 2016 07:44:22 - Pacific Time: Read More...


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