For one California man, the recipe of making up a workers compensation scam is over.
Fernando Gallegos, 43, of Los Angeles, was arrested for allegedly collecting workers comp benefits for one job while still working another. Gallegos faces five felony counts of workers comp fraud and one felony count of perjury.
Gallegos was allegedly injured while working in a commercial kitchen and claimed the injury made it impossible for him to work.
An investigation by the California Department of Insurance revealed that Gallegos was actually employed at two restaurants performing the very job duties he claimed he was unable to perform.
Defendant Received Nearly $9K in Comp Benefits
Gallegos received workers comp benefits of $8,890 over a nine-month period.
During this time, he perjured himself at a deposition by failing to report his other jobs. He also lied to his doctors by claiming he was too injured to work.
Gallegos continued to collect benefits while he worked for two different restaurants while double-dipping to receive workers comp benefits.
This case was being prosecuted by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, with bail for Gallegos set at $30,000.
Author Kori Shafer-Stack, Editor, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in post-injury response procedures and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com. Contact: email@example.com.
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