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Insurance Commissioner Jones Announces Arrest of West Covina Woman for Insurance Fraud

News: 2011 Press Release

For Release: September 21, 2011
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Insurance Commissioner Jones Announces Arrest of West Covina Woman for Insurance Fraud
DMV Employee Accused of Filing Fraudulent Workers' Comp Claim

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced today that Mia Rachel Brown, 26, was arrested by the California Department of Insurance (CDI), Fraud Division Detectives and Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Internal Affairs Investigators on three felony counts of insurance fraud.

She was taken into custody at the Compton Office of the DMV. Brown was transported to the Los Angeles County Jail and booked. She is being held in custody on $90,000 bail.

These charges stemmed from a workers' compensation claim filed by Brown with her former employer, Dean Foods. The loss due to Brown's fraudulent activities is $14,831.00. The charges against Brown include one felony count for violating Insurance Code Section 1871.4 (a) (1), Insurance Fraud, and one felony count each for violating Penal Code Sections 664 and 118(a) Attempted Perjury. If convicted on all counts, Brown faces a maximum of seven years in state prison.

According to Detectives, the CDI Fraud Division received a tip from an anonymous caller that Brown had filed a workers' compensation claim against Dean Foods and had recently showed up at a deposition using a cane. The caller said that while Brown had been off work on workers' compensation disability, she had been employed at the DMV Office in Compton.

The investigation revealed that in October 2009 Brown was an employee at Dean Foods. On October 15, 2009 she slipped on a wet floor in the dairy and injured her left knee and left hand. She reportedly suffered an additional fall on November 16, 2009. In May 2010, Brown started employment with the DMV. At her sworn deposition Brown denied working and further indicated that she had not worked since November 16, 2009. She also told two physicians she had not worked since 2009. Brown collected workers' compensation disability checks from Liberty Mutual Insurance Company for the period of October 2010 through June 2011 while she was employed at the Compton DMV Office.

The 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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