Trial Date Finally Set In MEWA Case

Federal prosecutors are finally ready and going to trial against Marcus Asay and Antonio Gastelum. They are accused of committing fraud as part of running the “MEWA” known as American … Read More »

Kickback Scheme Conviction Upheld

A California jury convicted Gonzalo Ernest Paredes on 51 counts of workers’ compensation insurance fraud for his role in a kickback scheme that bilked employers out of $22 million. He appealed. Now, a state appellate court holds the conviction stands. Paredes, the former office manager for and willing partner of Dr. Ronald Grusd, appealed on … Read More »

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Top Workers’ Comp Stories of 2019

Every year with the first issue of the new year, Workers’ Comp Executive compiles a list of the “Top Stories” from the prior 12 months. Some years produce more newsworthy events than others, such as when major legislative reforms occur, there are shakeups in the workers’ comp market, or when scandals are exposed. Well, 2019 … Read More »

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Federal MEWA Case Edges Closer to Trial

Attorneys defending Marcus Asay, Antonio Gastelum and Agricultural Contracting Services Association/American Labor Alliance (ALA) are due back in court next week as the federal government’s mail fraud and conspiracy charges … Read More »

Grand Jury Convened – FBI Raid on MEWA

EXCLUSIVE Grand Jury Convened – FBI Raids MEWA A here-to-fore undisclosed grand jury has been convened to investigate criminal charges against American Labor Alliance (ALA) and its officers. In addition, … Read More »

State Busts Alleged Compound Drug Ring

Orange County prosecutors and the California Department of Insurance say they have broken up a kickback scheme that paid doctors to prescribe unnecessary compound medications, order unnecessary tests and bilked California employers out of $23.2 million. The alleged scheme involved 26 doctors, pharmacists and business owners (see list) and affected at least 13,000 workers’ comp … Read More »

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Calderon’s Indicted For Political Corruption

Federal officials filed a 24-count indictment accusing Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) and his brother, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon, of political corruption including bribery, money laundering, wire fraud and aiding in the filing of false tax returns. Attempts to influence workers’ compensation legislation are at the heart of the case that alleges $100,000 in bribes changed … Read More »

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