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 x-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
Lilia Garcia-Brower - Ms. Garcia was born and raised in East Los Angeles, was appointed to the Fraud Assessment Commission in June of 2007 representing labor. Ms. Garcia is the executive director of the Maintenance Cooperation Trust Fund (MCTF). The MCTF is a statewide janitorial watchdog organization that investigates janitorial contractors for employment law violations. Over nine years of operation, the MCTF has assisted in the collection of more than 27 million dollars for immigrant janitors in the United States and Mexico, and has brought in more than 4,000 jobs from the predatory economy into compliance with minimal standards thereby providing more stable employment for janitors and a level playing field for responsible contractors throughout California.
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, Northern California Fraud Investigators, and International Association of Special Investigation Units.
John Riggs - Mr. Riggs was appointed to the Fraud Assessment Commission in January 2010 representing self-insured employers. Since 2003, he has served as manager of workers' compensation for Disney Worldwide Services. 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.
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.
Karla Rhay, Ed.D. - Dr. Rhay was appointed to the Fraud Assessment commission in July 2015 representing insured employers. Dr. Rhay has been chief administrative officer in the Office of the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools since 2005. She was a risk management coordinator for the Ontario-Montclair School District from 1998 to 2005 and served in several positions at the Riverside County Office of Education from 1990 to 1998, including risk management specialist. She is a member of the Schools Excess Liability Fund, California State Association of Counties Excess Insurance Authority and the Association of California School Administrators. She earned a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Southern California.
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.
Vacant - One of the Fraud Assessment Commission member positions is vacant.
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