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Landscaper rescued from LA hillside lands in jail for workers’ comp fraud

Patrick Storm
November 3, 2014 11:25 AM

ONTARIO, Calif. - Omar Nunez, 39, was arrested for workers' compensation claimant fraud and if convicted he faces up to five years in county jail and nearly $345,000 in fines and restitution.

Nunez submitted an injury claim in 2009 for his left ankle while he was working for an industrial company that specialized in scaffolding. Nunez claimed he fell down a ramp injuring his ankle and was unable to work. During the investigation process detectives determined that Nunez was collecting total disability benefits while actually working as a self-employed gardener.

During the investigation it was discovered that on May 19, 2010 Nunez fell down a hillside while working for a landscaping company, was rescued by the Los Angeles Fire Department and was admitted to Cedar-Sinai Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. This was during a time period that Nunez reported to his insurer and past employer that he was unable to work and was receiving total disability benefits.

Nunez's bail is set at $75,000 and his case is being prosecuted by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. A date for a preliminary hearing will be set on November 18.

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