Police Officer Pleads In Workers' Compensation Fraud Case

                               Los Angeles, CA (CompNewsNetwork) - A veteran LAPD officer pleaded no contest today to workers' compensation fraud and paid the city $6,234 in restitution, the District Attorney's office said.

Robert Yanez, 39, entered the plea to an amended misdemeanor count before Judge David Horwitz, said Deputy District Attorney Ellen Aragon of the Healthcare Fraud Division. Yanez was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service.

As part of the plea, he agreed to pay the full restitution amount at the time of his sentence and prosecutors dismissed the remaining five counts of insurance fraud.

Yanez sustained a work-related injury in October 2008. Despite being ordered to return to work by a physician the day after the injury, prosecutors said Yanez began seeing a series of doctors, moving from one to another after each sent him back to work.

An investigation conducted by the LAPD, the District Attorney's Healthcare Fraud Division and Tristar Risk Management revealed that the defendant submitted forged or altered doctor's notes that allowed him to remain off of work. The offenses were committed between April and July 2009.

Yanez, who was assigned to Wilshire Division at the time of his workers' compensation claim, has been with the LAPD since 1999.
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