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Carlos Rivero accused of fraudulent workers' compensation claims

The state of California is home to many professional athletes, referees and their various support staff. When fraudulent workers' compensation claims are filed against a professional sports league, a person may face serious financial and professional consequences. Major League Soccer referee Carlos Rivero was recently suspended from the Professional Referees Organization after officials charged the young man with filing potentially fraudulent workers' compensation claims.

Reports indicate that Carlos Rivero was arrested and released, though he faces two felony charges related to the potentially fraudulent compensation claims. Authorities believe he may have collected close to $14,000 during the time in question while still employed. Although the professional referee claimed to have been injured, he continued to work with Major League Soccer as assigned.

He participated in multiple public appearances and games during the time he collected the benefits. Reports do not indicate how officials at the Professional Referees Organization learned of his allegedly fraudulent activity nor the nature of his claimed damages used to receive the pay. A business or organization may choose to take necessary action in the event an employee is suspected of fraud or financial deception.

The PRO did make the decision to suspend Carlos Rivero until the charges are resolved and the outcome of the case is determined. When an employer discovers that potentially fraudulent workers' compensation claims have been made by one of their staff, they may question their ability to take legal and professional action. A California business owner may seek guidance as they begin the investigation and work with authorities to resolve the situation.

Source:, "MLS referee suspended after workers' compensation fraud arrest", Kyle McCarthy, Oct. 26, 2014

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