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California cop suspected of filing false injured worker claim

One does not typically expect a law enforcement officer to act outside the law with regard to suffering an injury on the job. However, that seems to be the situation in a recent California case where a former officer has been under investigation for suspicion of filing a false injured worker claim. The claim was apparently filed in 2014.

It is reportedly not the first time law enforcement officials from this particular California department have come under legal scrutiny and public controversy. In fact, there is currently an interim chief in service due to the previous chief's suspicious handling of certain financial matters. The former cop currently facing possible time in prison had served three years on the department's law enforcement team before taking leave for disability.

The Santa Barbara District Attorney stated that her office takes all incidents of suspected employee fraud seriously. She added that she has been frustrated in the past by the apparent failures of other agencies to prosecute such incidents. The particular individual  involved in the recent situation has not yet been taken into custody.

He has reportedly been the subject of the fraud investigation for the past two years. He faces multiple felony criminal charges for purportedly making fraudulent oral and written statements. Any California employer who suspects a false injured worker claim has been submitted in the workplace can request an attorney's assistance to investigate the situation in order to determine what options my be available for taking legal action against the suspected fraud.

Source:, "Cop Busted for Worker's Comp Fraud", Robert L. McCullough, June 7, 2016

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