California: Tehama County DA talks about charges against Red Bluff councilman

A Red Bluff, California city councilmember was arrested, in Florida, on fraud charges as an out-of-state fugitive on Saturday. Rick Crabtree, the Red Bluff City manager, noted he is disappointed in Suren Patel, the councilman who was arrested. The Tehama County district attorney says the case started in 2015 at Patel’s business, America’s Best Value […]

Former Ventura County employee sentenced in workers’ comp fraud case

A former Ventura County, California Human Services Agency employee was sentenced Tuesday to 109 days in county jail and placed on probation for filing fraudulent workers’ compensation claims. A jury in June found Linda Boggess, 59, guilty of four felony counts of workers’ compensation insurance fraud. Ventura County Star

Santa Barbara: Paving company owner pleads guilty to fraud

Pleading guilty to charges including tax and workers’ compensation fraud, the owner of United Seal Coating and Slurry Seal is expected to be sentenced to one year in county jail next January. The case began when one of United Seal Coating’s workers at a job on the UCSB campus was injured and filed for workers’ […]

Tesla, contractors settle with injured foreign worker

A Slovenian worker seriously injured in a fall last year at the Tesla factory has settled a workers’ compensation and wage suit against the electric vehicle maker and several contractors. Gregor Lesnik, who was among about 140 foreign workers hired by a subcontractor to help Tesla expand its Fremont factory, was awarded $550,000 for back […]

Former ADM worker loses latest appeal in ‘popcorn lung’ workers’ comp case

The denial of a “popcorn-flavoring lung disease” claim brought by a former Archer Daniels Midland Co. employee has been affirmed by the Illinois Fourth District Appellate Court’s Workers’ Compensation Commission Division. The majority ruling said such a claim isn’t actually a workers’ comp claim. Sangamon Sun