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Pomona transportation worker charged for workers’ comp fraud and perjury

News: 2016 Press Release

For Release: May 5, 2016
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Pomona transportation worker charged for workers’ comp fraud and perjury

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Melissa Halsell, 48, of Pomona, surrendered to detectives of the California Department of Insurance Fraud Division at the Pomona Police Department and was booked on one felony count of workers' compensation fraud and one count of attempted perjury after allegedly filing a workers' compensation claim for a pre-existing medical condition and denying she had received prior treatment.

"Individuals who file fraudulent workers' compensation claims take advantage of a system designed to help honest workers injured on the job, "said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. "Fraud costs are passed along to business and consumers through increased rates and higher costs of goods and services. My department remains steadfast in our mission to curb workers' compensation crime in all of its forms."

After working at MV Transportation for three months, Halsell filed a workers' compensation claim alleging she was injured on the job. An investigation by California Department of Insurance detectives revealed Halsell had pre-existing injuries and had received prior medical treatment for them. During a deposition Halsell denied ever receiving treatment. The claim was ultimately denied after her extensive, undisclosed medical records were discovered.

Bail is set for $30,000. This case is being prosecuted by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

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Media Note:

Booking photo can be found on our Flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ca_dept_insurance/albums/72157668009198485



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