Restaurant Self-Insured Group Wins 4th Conviction for Work Comp Fraud

-- California Restaurant Mutual Benefit Corporation Steps Up Enforcement Efforts

Jan 18, 2010, 00:00 ET from California Restaurant Mutual Benefit Corporation

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Restaurant Mutual Benefit Corporation (CRMBC) announced today its 4th conviction for Workers' Compensation fraud against an employer member.  Tamisha Carson pleaded no contest today in Solano County court to one count of insurance fraud, charged as a misdemeanor. Carson had been videoed in April 2008 staging an injury at a Vallejo Taco Bell.  

Carson had claimed that a box of soda had fallen on her foot while she was attempting to move it.  Video surveillance reviewed by the Taco Bell franchisee, PRB Management, showed that she had in fact placed the box on her foot and called for help.  Intercare, the claims management company working with the CRMBC, denied the claim and launched its investigation through its Special Investigation Unit.  The case was pursued and conviction obtained by the Solano County District Attorney.

Carson will pay $1,255 in restitution as well as additional fines and fees and will be on probation for 2 years.  She will have 75 hours of community service and has been ordered to make at least 7 completed job applications per week and maintain full-time employment once she has a job.

Chair of the Board of Trustees for CRMBC, David Mitchell, said:

"We are stepping up our fight against Work Comp fraud in California.  Small employers are the backbone of our economy but they often don't get a lot of help.  CRMBC is going to continue to drive support to its members for safer workplaces, fewer injuries and an end to fraudulent claims."

About CRMBC:

The California Restaurant Mutual Benefit Corporation is the state's largest Workers' Compensation self-insured group. Launched on January 1, 2005, CRMBC has 1269 members with 3,280 locations and has returned $14,860,000 to employers who receive California Workers' Compensation coverage from the program.

About CHSI:

Founded in 1996, CHSI manages Workers' Compensation self-insured group programs in California and Nevada that cover nearly $2 billion of employer payroll.  A subsidiary company, CHSI Technologies, has developed patent-pending technology for program management and employer support that is now being deployed in the self-insurance and captive insurance sectors.

SOURCE California Restaurant Mutual Benefit Corporation