LAPD officer facing workers comp fraud charges

A Los Angeles Police Department veteran of 11 years was arraigned this week on six counts of workers’ compensation fraud.

The 38-year-old officer surrendered himself to investigators on Thursday, according to Officer John Romero of the Los Angeles Police Department.

“The investigation stemmed from a claim filed…in late 2008,” Romero said. “Investigators … established probable cause to believe that Officer Yanez had received benefits to which he was not entitled.”

The officer will be “assigned to home without pay pending the outcome of both the criminal and administrative investigations,” Romero said.

He faces up to seven years of prison time if convicted.

Is your company being investigated for insurance fraud?

While many workers' compensation claims are legitimate, some may not be and may try to defraud insurance companies. If insurance companies suspect fraudulent activities, they will often start an investigation. 

This investigation will typically be conducted by the Insurance Fraud Bureau. In investigating these cases, insurance fraud examiners will use a variety of methods, including forensic accounting, surveillance, and medical exams. 

If your company has been suspected of insurance fraud, contact the Des Moines insurance fraud lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600. 

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