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Employee Arrested in Insurance Fraud Case

January 12, 2002

A 43-year-old Simi Valley man has been arrested on suspicion of worker's compensation insurance fraud for allegedly lying to his employer about a car accident.

Kenneth Brendon Crump, an online sales manager for the Ventura County Star, allegedly told his employer and the newspaper's insurance carrier he was injured in a hit-and-run accident while on the job.

But a five-month fraud investigation revealed that Crump was actually injured when he was run over by his own BMW while trying to stop the car from rolling out of his garage, according to county prosecutors.

Crump, who was released on $10,000 bail, is scheduled to be arraigned on fraud charges Jan. 25. He faces up to five years in state prison if convicted.

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