Counterfeit workers' compensation insurance leave injured workers without benefits
News: 2013 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - The California Department of Insurance (CDI) arrested Robinson Yang, 44, Roland Yang, 43, and Sotheany "Teny" Hul, 42, of Diamond Bar on multiple counts of theft, fraud and forgery. The three suspects are accused of producing and selling hundreds of false certificates of insurance for workers' compensation insurance. All three were booked between March 22 and April 3, 2013 and are being held pending bail hearings.
"The greed and deception of these three individuals is egregious," said Commissioner Jones. "This illegal activity not only left honest businesses unprotected, but also put the health and recovery of legitimately injured workers in jeopardy."
In April 2009, the CDI Fraud Division and the Employee Development Department (EDD) began investigating Optima Staffing for defrauding their clients by producing and selling hundreds of false certificates of insurance. RJC Insurance Brokerage and Optima Staffing were allegedly selling forged certificates of insurance for workers' compensation insurance coverage.
According to detectives, the suspects facilitate the theft by establishing three payroll service companies, Optima Staffing, United Employer Services (UES) and National Employer Services (NES), in the effort to provide a legitimate facade for their fraudulent scheme.
In addition to the insurance fraud and forged certificates of insurance, Optima also allegedly evaded income and unemployment insurance taxes. In addition to the failure to pay taxes, EDD also discovered that Robinson Yang was collecting unemployment benefits while being compensated by the Optima, UES and NES.
Timeline and insurance license history for Robinson Rin Yang
- March 2011 - Search warrants served and evidence seized
- June 2002 - CDI enforcement action and fine of $100
- Nov. 2001 through July 2002 - fire and casualty broker-agent
- Dec. 1997 through Nov. 2000 - fire and casualty broker-agent
- July 1991 through Nov. 1996 - fire and casualty broker-agent
Please call the CDI hotline, 800-927-4357, if you have questions about insurance or believe that you or your employer has been victimized.
The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $289 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 web site at www.insurance.ca.gov. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.HELP or 213.897.8921. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.