June 30, 1995 |
Two years to the day after a massive sweep in which documents were seized from more than 150 locations, authorities Thursday arrested the two alleged kingpins of what they called California's biggest-ever workers' compensation fraud, a complex statewide operation that at its peak raked in billings of up to $2 million a month. Arrested at their homes Thursday morning on 49 felony counts were Dr. James W. Eisenberg, 54, of Santa Monica, who headed a medical chain called Amerimed Medical Corp.
April 6, 1995 |
Nearly two-thirds of auto injury medical claims by Californians are exaggerated at best and phony at worst, resulting in as much as $3.5 billion a year in additional insurance premiums, according to a new study released Wednesday by the RAND Corp. Blaming the perverse incentives built into the state's legal system, the study noted that California's rate of excess claims is almost twice the U.S. average and adds up to $250 a year to the typical auto insurance bill.
November 18, 1994 |
State Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi said Thursday that he is charging Ohio Indemnity Co. with 427 violations in claims settlement that, if confirmed, could bring a record $4.27 million in fines and a one-year suspension of the auto insurer's California license.
June 4, 1994 |
A high-level Los Angeles city employee has been suspended for allegedly defrauding the city of more than $1 million by funneling workers' compensation benefits to "ghost" employees and making improper payments to doctors and private investigators, officials said Friday. Police this week searched the home and office of the suspect, whom authorities declined to identify.
February 18, 1994 |
Two men were arrested Thursday and charged with running a workers' compensation insurance fraud ring that state investigators say has bilked insurance companies and doctors of millions of dollars. Michael Phillip Fleder, 30, of West Hills is charged with 56 counts of insurance fraud and 19 counts of grand theft. He is expected to be arraigned today. The other suspect was identified as Paul Stanzione, 27, a claims examiner for Republic Indemnity Co. in San Diego.
April 25, 1993 |
Turn on daytime television, and it's seemingly impossible to miss the commercials. A helicopter newsman bursts onto the screen, "reporting" for something called "Injury Central." Soon a worker appears, writhing in pain after tumbling to the pavement while unloading a truck. And then comes the pitch: Call Injury Central toll-free to get "all the medical and monetary benefits available through your employer's insurance. This means no cost to you. You owe it to yourself and those who count on you."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1992 |
Three Orange County men were among 16 people charged Thursday with participating in what FBI officials said is one of the biggest auto theft rings in Oregon history. The arrests culminated a two-year undercover investigation during which a federal agent, posing as the owner of an automobile body shop in Portland, infiltrated two sophisticated rings that reportedly had stolen more than 250 vehicles in Oregon and Washington, FBI Special Agent John Castricone said.