Fraud Assessment Commission
The Fraud Assessment Commission (FAC) is charged with allocating funding to fraud prosecutors statewide. The governor appoints members to the FAC who serve four year terms or until the governor appoints a replacement. The FAC meets 3-4 times per year (typically January, June and September). Meetings are generally held in Sacramento.
Originally, the FAC was comprised of five individuals representing self-insurers, insured employers, workers' compensation insurers, and the President of the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF), who is an ex-officio voting member. By statute, SCIF is granted permanent membership on the FAC.
In September 2003, with the passage of AB 749, two additional commission members representing organized labor were added. Presently, the commission is composed of seven members, consisting of two representatives of organized labor, two representatives of self-insured employers, one representative of insured employers, one representative of workers' compensation insurers, and the President of the State Compensation Insurance Fund, or his or her designee.
Persons appointed to the FAC are required by law to file a Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Statement of Economic Interests - Form 700 annually and complete an online Ethics Training Course every odd year.
Fraud Assessment Commission Members
Vacant - One of the representatives of organized labor member positions is vacant.
Branden Lopez - Mr. Lopez was appointed to the Fraud Assessment Commission in October 2019 representing organized labor. Mr. Lopez has been the executive director of the Center for Contract Compliance (CCC) since 2017, where he served as a labor investigator since 2005. The CCC investigates issues related to prevailing wage, apprenticeship, and workers compensation premium fraud. Before that, Mr. Lopez worked in the construction industry as a laborer foreman from 2002 to 2005. Mr. Lopez also serves on several boards, including the Board of Directors for the National Alliance for Fair Contracting, the Board of Trustees for IPM Health & Welfare Trust and the Laborers’ Vacation Savings Trust, and is the Recording Secretary on the Executive Board of the Laborers’ Union, Local 1184. Mr. Lopez earned a BA in Political Science/Law and Society from the University of California, Riverside, a Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law and is a member of the California State Bar.
Joel Sherman - Mr. Sherman is the Director of Safety, Workers' Compensation and Regulatory Compliance for Grimmway Farms, a large vegetable grower/packer/shipper based in Kern County, California. Mr. Sherman oversees three departments responsible for safety and workers' compensation issues for more than 7,500 employees and contract laborers. A graduate of California State University Bakersfield, Mr. Sherman has more than thirty years experience in the safety and workers' compensation field. He has served in a variety of capacities including claims adjuster, loss control consultant, policy services representative, and as the workers' compensation liaison for a large industrial medicine practice. A certified self-insurance administrator, Mr. Sherman presently teaches Introduction to Workers' Compensation at CSUB, and was also certified by the state as a continuing education provider for Qualified Medical Evaluators. He has just completed the second year of his term as chairman of the board of directors of the California Coalition on Workers' Compensation (CCWC) and was actively involved in the comp reforms of 2004. Mr. Sherman has been a presenter, or acted as panel moderator, at numerous business and educational seminars.
John Riggs - Mr. Riggs was appointed to the Fraud Assessment Commission in January 2010 representing self-insured employers. Since 2003, he has served as senior manager of workers' compensation for Disneyland Resort. Previously, Mr. Riggs was director of risk management for 99 Cent Stores from 2002 to 2003 and served the California Casualty Management Company as vice president from 1999 to 2001 and regional claims manager from 1993 to 1998. He was the workers' compensation branch claims manager for Zenith Insurance Company from 1987 to 1993 and an independent claims consultant from 1986 to 1987. Riggs is a member of the California Self Insurers Association, California Workers' Compensation Institute and Southern California Self Insured Council.
Christine Baker - was appointed to the Fraud Assessment Commission in January 2019 representing insured employers. Ms. Baker is a management consultant in the area of healthcare, workers’ compensation, health and safety and other labor management related issues. Her experience comes from working with labor and management as chief of the Division of Labor Statistics and Research from 1984 to 1989, the deputy director for the Division of Workers’ Compensation from 1990 to 1994, and the executive officer of the California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation from its inception in 1994 until 2011. As executive officer, she oversaw the commission’s role of overseeing the health, safety and workers’ compensation systems in California and recommending administrative and legislative changes for improvement. Ms. Baker was appointed and served as the director of the Department of Industrial Relations from 2011 to 2018. As director, she served as the state administrator of Apprenticeship, the administrator of the state OSHA Plan, an ex officio member of the California Self-Insurers’ Security Fund and an ex officio member of the State Fund board of directors
Donald Marshall - Mr. Marshall was appointed to the Fraud Assessment Commission in January 2010 representing workers' compensation insurers. Since 2003, he has served as vice president of the national anti-fraud program for Zenith National Insurance Company where he previously held the positions of vice president of special investigations for then Zenith affiliate company, CalFarm, from 1996 to 1999 and manager of investigations for Zenith from 1993 to 1996. Mr. Marshall was director of special investigations for GatesMcDonald, a Nationwide Insurance company, from 1999 to 2003 and was previously special investigations coordinator for California Casualty Insurance Company from 1991 to 1993. He is a member of the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association, and a current member of the Anti-Fraud Alliance, and International Association of Special Investigation Units.
Vernon Steiner - Mr. Steiner, as the President and CEO of the State Fund Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF), is an ex-officio voting member of the Fraud Assessment Commission. Since 2009, Steiner has served on the Workers' Compensation Research Institute's (WCRI) advisory board. He has been a member of the California Workers' Compensation Institute's (CWCI) Board of Directors since 2010, and was elected Chairman in March 2014. Steiner was appointed President and CEO of State Fund in June of 2014.
The date of the next Fraud Assessment Commission meeting will be posted here. Please check back.
|Agendas||Summary Meeting Minutes|
|January 8, 2020 Agenda|
|September 11, 2019 Agenda||Pending approval at the next Fraud Assessment Commission meeting|
|September 4, 2019 Agenda||September 4, 2019 Summary|
|June 19, 2019 Agenda||June 19, 2019 Summary|
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