Category Archives: Fraud

YELLOWSTONE ACTRESS CHARGED WITH FELONY WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FRAUD IN CALIFORNIA

On July 11, 2022, the California Department of Insurance announced that Q’Orianka Kilcher—a 32-year-old North Hollywood, CA actress famous for her role on the hit TV show ‘Yellowstone’—has been charged with two felony counts of workers’ compensation fraud. Authors contend that Ms. Kilcher collected more than $90,000.00 of workers’ compensation disability benefits that were not […]

CALIFORNIA BUSINESS OWNER ARRAIGNED FOR WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FRAUD (UNDERREPORTED PAYROLL)

On June 16, 2022, the California Department of Insurance announced that Gamlet Abramian, a 47-year-old business owner from Los Angeles County, has been arraigned on workers’ compensation fraud charges. Prosecutors contend that Mr. Abramian knowingly and willfully misreported payroll, thereby underpaying workers’ compensation insurance premiums by at least $212,667.00. Here, our Fresno workers’ compensation defense […]

THREE BUSINESS OWNERS ARRAIGNED IN WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FRAUD CASE IN CALIFORNIA

Workers’ compensation fraud remains a serious problem in our state. Three business owners were recently indicted and arraigned on criminal workers’ compensation fraud charges. As reported by Insurance Journal, the following three individuals are facing criminal workers’ compensation fraud allegations: Troy Williams of Angels Camp, California; Nanci Morman, of Somerset, California; and John Allison, of […]

INSURERS MAKE RENEWED PUSH TO IDENTIFY AND STOP WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FRAUD IN CALIFORNIA

Workers’ compensation insurance fraud harms everyone. It poses tremendous financial costs on employers, insurers, and employees. There have long been serious concerns about the extent of the workers’ compensation fraud problem in California. According to a report from Business Insurance, insurers are now making a renewed push to stop the fraud. In this article, our […]

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CONTRACTOR CHARGED WITH WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FRAUD

According to a report from the Insurance Journal, Adan Deniz, a contractor from Los Angeles County, has been arrested and charged with nearly two dozen counts of workers’ compensation fraud. Mr. Deniz is alleged to have intentionally underreported his company’s payroll by several hundreds of thousands of dollars, thereby bilking the state’s insurance fund out […]

CALIFORNIA PSYCHIATRIST SENTENCED IN WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FRAUD SCHEME

According to a report from CBS SF Bay Area, a psychiatrist based in San Francisco has been sentenced to prison in connection with a workers’ compensation fraud scheme. George Demetrius Karalis, 76, will serve a sentence of 120 days in prison and will pay $1.4 million in financial restitution to the affected parties. The judgment […]

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 […]