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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:  Dec. 30, 2014

 

Child Support Officer arraigned on workers’ comp fraud charges

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.  – A Child Support Officer for the San Bernardino County Department of Child Support Services was arraigned today on three felony counts related to a workers’ compensation claim she filed with the County on July 20, 2009, alleging stress-related impairment.

Esther Marinelarena, 45, of Fontana, was arraigned at the San Bernardino Justice Center and pleaded not guilty to one count of Workers’ Compensation Fraud, one count of Insurance Fraud, and one count of Concealment of, or Failure to, Disclose Material Fact Regarding Insurance Benefits (see attached copy of complaint).

On Oct. 23, 2014, following an investigation by investigators with the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Workers’ Compensation Insurance Fraud Unit, Marinelarena was charged for allegedly making false statements regarding the degree of her impairment and lying to her treating physician about her medical and psychiatric history.

Marinelarena was arrested by District Attorney Investigators Oct. 28 and transported to West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

Deputy District Attorney Scott Byrd will prosecute this case. A Disposition/Reset Hearing is scheduled Jan. 21, 2015 in Dept. S12 of the San Bernardino Justice Center.

Contacts

Jose Guzman
Senior Investigator
(909) 891-3537

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San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office
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San Bernardino, CA 92415

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