Category Archives: Fraud

TWO CALIFORNIA BUSINESS OWNERS CHARGED IN $4.5 MILLION WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FRAUD SCHEME

According to a report from Insurance Journal, two California business owners—a married couple named Wei Wen Wu, and Feng Wen Lam—are facing dozens of counts of workers’ compensation fraud. Authorities allege that the business owner couple defrauded private insurance companies and the California state fund out of nearly $1.7 million by underreporting payroll for more […]

Stockton, CA Labor Contractor Arraigned on More than a Dozen Counts of Workers’ Compensation Fraud

According to a report from the Insurance Journal, a farm labor contractor from San Joaquin County, California is facing 15 felony criminal charges related to his role in a complex workers’ compensation fraud scheme. The 62-year-old Alfredo Casas allegedly underreported his company’s payroll by more than $1 million—thereby causing major losses for private insurance companies […]

FORMER ORANGE COUNTY RESERVE SHERIFF CHARGED IN $17 MILLION WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FRAUD SCHEME

According to a report from The Mercury News, a former California sheriff’s reserves leader has been charged as part of an investigation into a $17 million workers’ compensation fraud case. If the allegations are proven true, the alleged workers’ compensation fraud represents the single largest ever reported in Orange County and the second largest reported […]

ANESTHESIOLOGIST BILLED WORKERS’ COMPENSATION INSURERS FOR UNNECESSARY DRUGS

On October 15, 2021, Dr. Amir Friedman was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison for his role in a massive workers’ compensation fraud scheme. Mr. Friedman was the owner and operator of New Age Pharmaceuticals Inc., a medical practice based in Beverly Hills, California. Federal prosecutors cited Mr. Friedman, his company, and more than […]

ORANGE COUNTY WOMAN CITED FOR WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FRAUD, ACTING AS AN UNINSURED EMPLOYER

According to a report from Insurance Business Magazine, an Orange County, CA woman is facing criminal charges for workers’ compensation fraud and being an uninsured employer. She allegedly defrauded employers out of $1.4 million in workers’ compensation premiums while acting as an unlicensed insurance agent. In this blog post, our Fresno workers’ compensation defense attorney […]

CALIFORNIA CONTRACTORS CRIMINALLY CHARGED AS PART OF A $5 MILLION WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FRAUD SCHEME

According to reporting from Insurance Journal, a group of California contractors have been criminally charged as part of an investigation into a suspected $5 million workers’ compensation fraud scheme. State regulators allege that the workers’ compensation fraud in this case was both intentional and well-organized. In this article, our Fresno workers’ compensation defense attorneys discuss […]

CALIFORNIA MAN ADMITS TO FAKING INJURY TO DEFRAUD WORKERS’ COMPENSATION INSURANCE

According to a report from My News LA, a Riverside County, California man has agreed to plead guilty in a workers’ compensation fraud claim. Angel Luis Maces, 24 of San Jacinto, was charged after allegedly faking a work-related injury in order to collect thousands in undue workers’ compensation benefits. In this article, our Fresno workers’ […]

CALIFORNIA CONSTRUCTION COMPANY CHARGED IN $25 MILLION WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FRAUD CASE

On June 1, 2021, the California Department of Insurance announced that the owner of a Los Angeles County construction company has been arraigned on charges related to a $25 million workers’ compensation fraud scheme. Nissim Vaknin of Encito, California is facing felony fraud charges on the grounds that he intentionally understated his company’s payroll. In […]

SEVEN INDICTED IN RELATION TO BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA WORKERS’ COMPENSATION THEFT SCHEME

On June 2, 2021, the California Department of Insurance announced that a grand jury has issued indictments on seven people who allegedly stole workers’ compensation benefits and are part of a scheme operated through a Bakersfield-based vocational training school. In this article, our Bakersfield workers’ compensation defense attorneys provide an overview of the workers’ compensation […]

SACRAMENTO EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FRAUD

On April 16, 2021, the California Department of Insurance issued a press release announcing workers’ compensation fraud charges against Ahmad Zaki Noori, a 41-year-old man from Sacramento. Mr. Noori is facing felony charges after allegedly knowingly misrepresenting a workplace injury in order to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Here, our Fresno workers’ compensation defense attorneys provide […]