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News: 2012 Press Release
For Release: September 4, 2012
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Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Announces Arrest Of Los Angeles County Probation Officer For Insurance Fraud; Forgery
Officer Faces 27 Felony Counts in Elaborate Scheme
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones today announced that Rochelle Williams, 36, has been arrested by Detectives from the California Department of Insurance (CDI), Fraud Division, Southern Los Angeles Regional Office, with the assistance of the Los Angeles County Probation Department. If convicted, she could face State Prison or County Jail. Williams is currently being held on $225,000 bail.
"Employees who allegedly commit insurance fraud and forgery, no matter where they are employed, will be apprehended and prosecuted," said Commissioner Jones. "Disability Insurance Fraud drives up the costs of coverage in the Government sector in many of the same ways it does in the private sector."
"We are continuing to work closely with other law enforcement agencies including the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office to crack down on instances of employee fraud," said Jerry Powers, Chief Probation Officer.
According to Detectives from CDI, between November 2009 and July 2010, Williams had allegedly been receiving disability insurance benefits from an insurer totaling $12,000. Detectives discovered that Williams manufactured all nine of the disability claim forms she submitted to the insurer, by forging her doctor's signature on every claim form, as well as the necessary signatures of other Los Angeles County Probation personnel, in order to receive disability benefits she was not entitled to. Williams was receiving disability benefits for an alleged back and neck injury, and during this benefit period, Williams claimed she was unable to work at all.
Williams has been with the Probation Department since 2006 and has been placed on administrative leave. This case is being prosecuted by the Los Angeles County District Attorney.
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