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  • Insurance Department nabs trio for billing fraud

    The California Department of Insurance arrested three individuals including a registered qualified medical evaluator (QME) in a scheme to defraud health insurers by artificially inflating bills. The three face charges of conspiracy to submit at least $380,000 in fraudulent bills for laboratory services. Arrested were Dr. Edward Albert G. Balbas, chiropractor Jon Brunelle, and Alejandra […]

  • Applicant attorney suspended, awaits sentencing

    State officials suspended a Southern California applicant attorney from practicing law in California, and the attorney is awaiting sentencing for tax fraud. The fraudulent activity stemmed from reputed charitable donations that were actually payments for client referrals. The California State Bar suspended attorney Ronald Mix’s license indefinitely effective September 26. The move follows Mix’s conviction […]

  • DWC Releases Report on 2013 Claims-Handling Practices of Workers Comp Administrators

    The California Department of Industrial Relations Division of Workers Compensation (DWC) Audit Unit has released a report to the state legislature on 2013 audits that specifically focuses on the claims-handling practices of workers comp administrators. The report finds that 70 claims businesses representing California workers comp carriers and self-insured employers failed to pay a total […]

  • California To Quarantine People At Risk of Ebola

    Responding to the ongoing threat posed by the West African Ebola outbreak, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is establishing statewide protocols for quarantining suspected cases and those at highest risk of contracting and/or spreading the disease. The outbreak has already sickened health care workers in the United States and prompted Australia to completely […]

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  • Survivors of Islamic terror attack disappointed by gutting of bill

    Survivors of the December 2, 2016 Islamic terrorist attack were disappointed last week when state legislation expected to help them and other Californians recover from terrorism and workplace violence was eviscerated last week. The original bill would have allowed workers or first responders hurt in a terrorist attack or incident of workplace violence to bypass […]

  • OFF-TOPIC: California out-migration intensifies

    The latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates show that Americans are continuing to leave California faster than they are entering it, as housing prices in the Bay Area and other metropolitan areas have surged. Where people have migrated to less expensive interior regions of the state, the apparent growing appetite for suburban living presents a unique […]

  • Vandenberg firemen seeking equality in benefits

    Firemen who work for federal agencies including Vandenberg Air Force Base Fire Department are trying to draw some attention to the fact that they do not have the same disability and workers’ compensation benefits as their colleagues in other state and local agencies. However, a new bill would extend disability and workers comp benefits to […]

  • Salinas restaurant owner sentenced for fraud

    A Salinas, California buffet owner has been fined and placed on felony probation for charges related to workers’ compensation insurance fraud and tax evasion. The workers’ comp charges allege fraud between 2010 and 2016 by underreporting the number of employees and falsely reporting payroll wages by paying many employees in cash. Salinas Californian