Fraud Conviction Challenged

A federal jury took less than a day to consider the evidence and decide to convict Sam Saris Solakyan on 12 felony counts of masterminding a multi-million-dollar workers’ comp medical kickback and fraud scheme. The owner of Vital Imaging Inc. in Glendale and the San Diego MRI Institute is due back in court next Monday … Read More »

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Convictions for Double-Dipping, Perjury Upheld

The Fourth District Court of Appeal upheld an injured worker’s convictions for multiple counts of perjury and fraud but reduced his sentence by removing a year of court-ordered probation due to recent changes in state law. The convictions stemmed from the claimant working for another employer while collecting temporary total disability benefits, and he also … Read More »

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Another Staffing Agency Operator Charged

The Orange County District Attorney’s office filed charges against Karyl Lynn Reed, who operated Envoy Business Partners and Allenn Specialty Group staffing companies. Reed is charged with grand theft, forgery, and attempting to use forged insurance certificates. Reed was arraigned last week after being extradited to Orange County from Texas. Jail records indicate that she … Read More »

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District Attorneys Records Are Questionable In Fraud Cases

Last year, district attorneys around the state prosecuted 1,326 cases of workers’ comp fraud and secured 340 convictions.  Many cases are ongoing. The data from the District Attorneys’ latest annual report to the California Department of Insurance show that prosecutors also made another 435 arrests – 203 felony arrests and 232 for misdemeanors – and … Read More »

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DAs Want Double-Digit Increase In Anti-Fraud Funds

The state’s district attorneys say they need a 20% increase in funding to combat workers’ comp fraud fully in all its various forms.  Then they indicated that they would be able to get by with just a 14% increase. Their ask amounts to an additional $9 to $13 million from California employers on top of … Read More »

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Employers Pay More To Fight Workers’ Comp Fraud

California employers will be paying over $72 million next year to fight fraud in the state’s workers’ comp system. The total represents a near 7% increase over what the Fraud Assessment Commission approved for the current fiscal year. Funds will be split 40/60 between the California Department of Insurance and local district attorneys which prosecute … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Fraud Fight In Question

The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and its Division of Workers’ Compensation have been going to battle against workers’ comp fraud in California, and in recent years they have been finding some success. The recent retirement of director Christine Baker, however, has raised concerns in the industry that the fight might have gone out of … Read More »

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DA’s Receive Fraud Fighting Funds Again

District attorneys from 37 California counties will share nearly $37 million in funding to fight workers’ comp fraud in the coming year. The funds will support enforcement efforts targeting fraud by medical providers, employers, and claimants. All of this against a backdrop of a full blown look, by the State Auditor, into workers’ comp fraud … Read More »

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