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.