Big Fish Tale

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You know the type: that guy at the office who has a decent story that gets more exciting every time he tells it? He may have caught a sunfish on Saturday, but by Monday it was a full-grown shark. Those stories might fly around some water coolers, but not so much when filed as a workers’ compensation claim. A former vocational nurse working in a California state prison will have to pay nearly $100,000 and serve time behind bars for committing workers’ compensation fraud against the state program for his big story.

The 42-year-old man was convicted by a jury in June on six felonies – one count of making a false workers’ compensation claim, one count of attempted perjury, and four counts of making a false statement in order to receive an insurance benefit.

The man was working as a vocational nurse at the California Institution for Men in Chino in June 2013 when he falsely claimed an inmate attacked him with a needle (ouch!), according to a state investigation. The nurse first reported that he accidentally poked himself with a needle while working. But, over time, his story changed. He later said he thought an inmate tried to stab him in the neck with a needle and that he was stabbed in the hand while trying to shield himself from an attack. The evidence showed otherwise. (His lies became self-inflicted wounds.)

I’m sure the defendant was on pins and needles when the Riverside County judge sentenced him in September to six-and-a-half years in county jail, five years of which are on mandatory supervision. He must also pay restitution of $97,164 for committing workers’ compensation fraud. (If only he’d stuck with the boring story).

Today’s Fraud of the Day is based on the article, “CA: Former Vocational Nurse Sentenced In Insurance Fraud Case,” on workerscompensation.com, Sept. 18, 2019.

Riverside, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) – A former vocational nurse working at the California Institution for Men in Chino has been sentenced in a workers’ compensation fraud case in which he falsely claimed an inmate attacked him with a needle.

Ndiawar Diop, DOB: 7-15-77, was convicted by a Riverside County jury in June of six felonies – one count each of making a false workers’ compensation claim and attempted perjury as well as four counts of making a false statement in order to receive an insurance benefit.

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Larry Benson
Larry Benson is currently the Director of Strategic Alliances for Revenue Discovery and Recovery at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. In this role, Benson is responsible for developing partnerships for the tax and revenue and child support enforcement verticals. He focuses on embedded companies that have a need for third-party analytics to enhance their current offerings.