The District Attorney’s Office for Riverside County has announced charges against 14 Southern California residents for their alleged roles in a workers’ compensation fraud scheme that cost insurance providers more than $22 million. The defendants are being charged in three separate cases with a variety of counts, including conspiracy, insurance fraud, receiving kickbacks, and capping.
A former subway conductor is being accused of fraudulently obtaining approximately $114,000 in workers’ compensation payments from NYC Transit over the course of several years even though he was allegedly not injured.
Giovanni Seminerio, 48, of Alva, FL, is charged with grand larceny, offering a false instrument for filing, falsifying business records, and related charges. He was released and ordered to return to court on November 17. Attorney information was not available.
Authorities in Olympia, WA, have charged a former small-town police chief with fraud because she allegedly collected workers’ compensation benefits for several years while working full time as a pinup model.
Brenda Lynn Cavoretto, 47, of Gold Bar, faces two charges of making false or misleading statements to collect workers’ compensation benefits from the state.
Robert Foster, 47, of Morgan Hill, was charged with conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, wage theft, and money laundering. Other defendants named in the complaint include Foster’s wife, Mikaila Foster; Nam Trong Le, 49, of San Jose; Margarita Trigo Rocha, 25, of San Martin; Victor Rene Parra, 33, of San Jose; Jose Meza, 39, of San Jose; Alberto Emmanuel Martinez, 33, of Modesto; Jason Albert King, 48, of Fremont; Richard McDiarmid, 59, a former Emeryville police officer; and Victoria Lorraine Cruz, 48, a former Santa Clara police dispatcher. They were similarly charged with four counts of felony conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, unemployment insurance fraud, money laundering, wage theft, and 39 additional felonies, including extortion and a white-collar crime enhancement.
Marcello Pompa, 37, of Saugus, MA, was charged with wage theft, failure to pay workers’ compensation insurance, and workers’ compensation fraud. Attorney information wasn’t available.