11/17/2008A man from San Diego, California has been sentenced to 180 days in prison for workers’ compensation insurance fraud. On May 21, 2008 Ramon Romo was convicted in a Superior Court in San Diego and ordered to payment of $25,000 in restitution in addition to fines of $680.
On June 6, 2005, Romo sustained a personal injury while working when he fractured his thumb. He filed a workers’ comp claim with NASSCO, his employer. He added more claims for injuries to his back, neck, and right shoulder several months later, alleging that that they occurred at the same time as his thumb fracture. He testified under oath that the additional injuries were not preexisting on in December of 2005. During a qualified medical exam, he repeated this claim.
In June of 2006, Romo was videotaped on two separate occasions lifting and carrying heavy materials. He was also spotted carrying a young child. In October of 2006, he claimed to his medical examiner that he was unable to lift his two-year-old child and any objects that weighed more than 20 pounds.
It was additionally discovered by the California Department of Insurance (CDI) Fraud Division that Romo had filed a workers’ comp claim with Airline Interiors, his previous employer, in 1998 for personal injuries to his neck and back. Because of his injuries at the time, he reached a March 2003 settlement and received $26,000 for his injuries.
The end result of the investigation was Romo pleading guilty to one count of insurance fraud.
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