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Baldwin Park custodian gets swept up in fraudulent workers’ comp claim

News: 2016 Press Release

For Release: May 2, 2016
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Baldwin Park custodian gets swept up in fraudulent workers’ comp claim

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Timothy Lowes, 42, of Corona was arrested by Department of Insurance detectives on two felony counts of insurance fraud for allegedly submitting a fraudulent workers' compensation claim, which netted him $11,489.

"Workers' compensation fraud is a complex and costly insurance crime," said Commissioner Dave Jones. "Consumers and businesses pay the price when unscrupulous people cheat the system. My department will remain diligent in following every lead to stop these fraudsters who are costing Californians millions of dollars every year in higher premiums."

While working as a custodian for the Baldwin Park Unified School District, Lowes claimed he suffered an injury to his right shoulder and elbow. Lowes was treated for the injury, but claimed continued pain was limiting his physical abilities.

An investigation and video evidence revealed Lowes was able to lift an all-terrain vehicle into and out of his pickup truck. Department detectives discovered Lowes was involved in CrossFit training and rock climbing during the time he claimed to be injured. Upon reviewing video evidence, Lowes primary treating physician determined Lowes misrepresented his physical limitations and should not have missed any time from work.

Lowes was booked into the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on April 20, 2016. He is currently out on $30,000 bail. Lowes will be arraigned May 11, 2016. This case is being prosecuted by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $310 billion in premiums annually in California. Since 2011 the California Department of Insurance received more than 1,000,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $469 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance website at Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.4357. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.

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