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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Date: Sept. 11, 2014


Apple Valley Man Charged with Workers’ Compensation Fraud



SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.  – In Oct. 2010, 68-year-old Scott Masters of Apple Valley reported for jury duty in Barstow. While walking from his vehicle to the jury assembly room, he took a shortcut through a planter, and allegedly fell, injuring his left knee.

Masters filed a workers’ compensation claim through the San Bernardino County Superior Court, seeking benefits for a “work-related” injury as a prospective juror.

The case was referred to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Workers’ Compensation Fraud Prosecution Unit in Oct. 2012 by Corvel Corporation, the third-party claims administrator for the San Bernardino County Superior Courts.

According to District Attorney Senior Investigator Paul DeJong, who is assigned to the case, Masters retained an attorney to assist with the filing of the claim, and he received medical care.

“Mr. Masters failed to report prior medical conditions with his left knee and denied prior injury during his deposition and medical care,” DeJong said.

As a result, Masters was charged with multiple felony counts related to Workers’ Compensation Fraud (click here to download a copy of the complaint). Masters was arrested Sept. 4 by District Attorney Investigators without incident and booked into the High Desert Detention Center on $100,000 bail.

Deputy District Attorney Scot Byrd, who is assigned to the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Prosecution Unit, will prosecute this case.


Please Post the Following Announcement:

The San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office, Workers’ Compensation Fraud Prosecution Unit, responds to various reports of Insurance Fraud as a result of suspected fraud claims provided by an insurance company.

If you suspect that someone you know is or has been involved in Workers’ Compensation Insurance Fraud, report your suspicions to the San Bernardino County District Attorney's, Workers’ Compensation Fraud Prosecution Unit, by calling the WCF We-Tip line at 909-891-3344 or via email at DAWorkersComp@sbcda.org. You can also visit us on the web at www.sbcountyda.org.


Additional Links

For more information about the District Attorney’s Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit visit http://ow.ly/vqVJ1.

Contacts

Christopher Lee
Public Affairs Officer
(909) 382-3665

 

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