Three California individuals ended up recently on the wrong side of the law.
A lab worker, a housekeeper at a local mall and a roofer were each charged with felony insurance fraud in individual cases whereby they reportedly claimed that their workplace injuries prohibited them from going back to work.
Cosme Cortes-Alva, 39, of San Jose, Nancy Benitez, 28, of San Jose, and Ajitender Singh Chadha, 53, of Union City, were looking at the possibility of prison, if convicted. All have been arraigned and will be forced to pay full restitution.
The three allegedly noted debilitating injuries and were later caught doing physical activities beyond their stated limitations, this while taking in thousands of dollars in insurance benefits.
All Play and No Work
In one instance, a man was videotaped for two hours clambering up and down from a roof, this despite claiming he was too injured to work and that he was terrified by ladders.
Alva, who fell off of a roof and suffered injuries to his back in 2013, falsely testified at a deposition that he had been unemployed since his fall.
Benitez; who was hurt while on the job doing housekeeping tasks at a store in the Valley Fair Mall four years ago; informed the insurer that she could not walk or drive minus extreme pain. She was later seen behind the wheel of a car, shopping and caring for a child.
Lastly, Chadha indicated he was injured during a 2011 accident at the lab where he worked.
Claiming he could no longer work and was dependent on his wife’s income, he was later found to be the owner and operator of a gas station, and that he was concealing his income.
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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