Manuel Perales, 50, of Fontana, Calif., has been charged with two counts of workers compensation insurance fraud, according to the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office.
Ohio Fraud Case
A Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) woman was sentenced recently for fraud after Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) investigators found she was working for a veterinary hospital and a local charity while receiving benefits for a workplace injury. Nancy Palmer pleaded guilty and must repay more than $8,000.
BWC's Special Investigations Department (SID) reports it received an allegation that Palmer had been working at a local veterinary hospital. Investigators found she had returned to work as a veterinary assistant while receiving Temporary Total Disability benefits.(WCxKit)
According to the report, Palmer was performing duties such as office work, assisting during surgeries, cleaning and taking care of animals. It was also found that Palmer was working as a telephone solicitor for a local charity.
Palmer entered a guilty plea recently to a felony count of workers comp fraud. The judge ordered Palmer to pay $7,457.72 in restitution and $1,000 for investigative costs. She was also sentenced to seven months in prison, suspended for 18 months of community control.(WCxKit)
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