5 ARRESTED IN WORKERS' COMP FRAUD.
Byline: - Troy Anderson
An Encino attorney and four other people were arrested Thursday in a workers' compensation workers' compensation, payment by employers for some part of the cost of injuries, or in some cases of occupational diseases, received by employees in the course of their work. scheme that involved the theft of more than $120,000 through self-referrals of cases, authorities said.
``You can't refer to yourself because it's a double-dealing type of thing where you get a legal fee and then refer people to a rehabilitation center you also have a financial interest in,'' said Tom Higgins Thomas Higgins (born July 13, 1954 in Colonia, New Jersey) is an American-born Canadian and American football player and coach. He played linebacker at North Carolina State University and for one season (1979) with the National Football League's Buffalo Bills. , head deputy in the Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. County District Attorney's Office's Workers' Compensation Fraud Bureau. ``The opportunity for fraud and deception is very high.''
Arraignment A criminal proceeding at which the defendant is officially called before a court of competent jurisdiction, informed of the offense charged in the complaint, information, indictment, or other charging document, and asked to enter a plea of guilty, not guilty, or as otherwise permitted is scheduled for today for Sami Yasharpour, 43, of Brentwood; his paralegal, Jose Cruz Jose Luis Cruz (Cheo) can refer to different people:
Each is being held in lieu of $240,000 bail on charge of grand theft and conspiracy to commit workers' compensation insurance fraud.
Also named in the felony warrant were Javier Casas, also known as Javier Casas Morales, 32, of Van Nuys; Ernesto Espinosa, 53, of Whittier; and Juan Francisco Leal LEAL. Loyal; that which belongs to the law. , also known as Francisco Diemecke, 35.
Javier Casas is the son of Jose Casas. Espinosa and Leal are vocational rehabilitation counselors vocational rehabilitation counselor,
n term coined in the 1960s and 1970s for a professional who incorporates the best of psychology, social work, and nursing in an attempt to integrate psychology with traditional rehabilitation protocols. .
Besides conspiracy and grand theft, Leal was charged with additional counts of grand theft and insurance fraud. Authorities said the charges stem from alleged crimes between 1997 and 2001, when Leal was not associated with his co-defendants, authorities said.
Officials said Yasharpour, whose Encino law office who principally handles workers' compensation cases, unlawfully referred clients to California Rehabilitation Consultants, a business he set up with Jose Casas, and to a successor business called Southern California Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants.
The ownership interest in the business was concealed from workers' compensation insurance representatives, authorities said.
The investigation was done by the District Attorney's Office's Bureau of Investigation, which has investigators assigned to the various fraud divisions within the District Attorney's Office.
If convicted, each defendant faces more than five years in prison.